Man airlifted to hospital from Deerfield after Sunday night crash

Monitor staff
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A man was transported to a hospital from Deerfield by helicopter Sunday night after he crashed his vehicle into a tree on South Road, police said.

The man was traveling with one passenger toward Allenstown in the area of 130 South Road about 10:30 p.m. when he failed to navigate a “sharp, right-hand curve,” Chief Gary Duquette said Monday.

It can be a difficult stretch of road for drivers who aren’t familiar with the area, Duquette said, and the driver, in this case, had recently moved from Vermont.

Duquette said he didn’t yet have information about the names or status of the occupants.

“The report’s not even done yet. I was briefed real quickly this morning by the on-duty officer last night,” he said.

Emergency responders used Jaws of Life and “had a difficult time extricating (the driver) from the vehicle,” the chief said.

“I know from what the officer said, they had a lot of help there from other neighboring fire departments,” Duquette said. “It was quite a process to get him out of there.”

According to emergency communications at the time, the Deerfield Fairgrounds served as a landing zone for the helicopter, which the chief said took the driver to a Massachusetts hospital.

“From what I’m gathering, he was in pretty tough shape. What happens after this is anybody’s guess,” Duquette said.

The chief said the vehicle traveled across the center line of the road and crashed into a tree on the opposite side. It appeared as though speed was probably a factor, he said.

(Nick Reid can be reached at 369-3325, nreid@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @NickBReid.)