NASHUA, NH – A crash involving multiple vehicles closed the Everett Turnpike northbound just North of Exit 8 on Jan. 18 during rush hour.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 18, a 2004 Ford Focus operated by Stephen Hudon, 18, of Merrimack, was traveling northbound on the Everett Turnpike in Nashua. Hudon lost control of his vehicle while approaching heavy traffic, striking a 2014 Jeep Wrangler operated by Carter Gentilhomme, 34, of Manchester. After striking the Jeep, Hudon’s vehicle struck a 2008 Toyota Camry operated by Robert Major, 23, of Sommersworth.
Due to the crash Hudon became trapped in his vehicle and had to be cut from the wreckage by responding Fire and EMS personnel. Hudon suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the Catholic Medical Center, along with Gentilhomme, who suffered minor injuries. Major was not injured in the crash.
Merrimack Fire was already on the highway for another accident and responded initially, as the accident was reported to be in Merrimack. Nashua Fire also responded due to the number of vehicles involved and the need for extrication of the driver of the Ford, which took more than an hour.
The Everett Turnpike was at a standstill during what is normally heavy commuter traffic from Exit 8 all the way into Massachusetts, and the shutdown was causing traffic issues on all side roads. The northbound high speed lane in this area was shut down for approximately one hour to allow emergency personnel to work the crash scene.
Assisting at the crash scene were members of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Nashua and Merrimack Fire Departments, Nashua and Merrimack Police departments and members of the New Hampshire State Police Troop B Barracks.
Anyone with further information related to this incident is asked to contact Trooper Travis Merritt at 603-672-3333. Travis.Merritt@dos.nh.gov