Late Night Crash at Exit 20 shuts I-89 stretch for hours

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Eric Francis

Chicago woman seriously hurt; three ambulances needed at scene

A Chicago woman sustained life-threatening injuries and two Upper Valley residents were also hurt late Wednesday evening in a two-car crash that took place on the southbound lane of Interstate 89 in Lebanon, just south of Exit 20.  

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The 10:30 p.m. accident closed a stretch of interstate between Exits 20 and 19 for approximately three hours and forced traffic to detour through the plazas.

Williams' 2006 black Pontiac Torrent

The preliminary investigation by police indicates that Bianca Williams, 27, of Chicago, Illinois was headed south in the travel lane when she was distracted for an unknown reason and lost control of her black Pontiac Torrent which struck the guardrails beside the travel lane.  Williams' SUV then rolled back into the travel lane where it was broadsided by a white BMW driven by Peter Tourin, 76, of Jericho, Vermont.

Tourin and his passenger, Jean Twombly, 75, of Springfield, New Hampshire, both sustained trauma injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

All three patients were transported to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon where a spokesman said Thursday morning that Williams was listed in critical condition.  Tourin and Twombly were both still hospitalized as well but their conditions were not immediately available.

Tourin's white 2001 BMW X3

Three ambulances from Lebanon and neighboring Hartford responded to the scene along with the Lebanon Fire Department as well as Lebanon Police, Plainfield Police, and New Hampshire State Police officers.  The New Hampshire Department of Transportation helped shut the highway down while the investigation, which is still on-going, was carried out at the scene.  Trooper Derek Myrdek is asking anyone who might have witnessed or have information on this crash to contact him at (603) 223-8944.


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