PHOTOS: Thetford crash sends two to hospital with minor injuries

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Thetford volunteers spend long all afternoon at brush fire and then accident call

THETFORD - A Thetford woman and her granddaughter escaped serious injury late Sunday afternoon when their car ended up perched atop a large stump near the intersection of New Boston and Gove Hill Roads.

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    The accident occurred at 6 p.m. as the pair were headed north on New Boston Road and apparently drifted off the left hand side of the dirt roadway next to a working sugarbush operation.

    “I think she just lost where she was in relation to roadway,” said Thetford Police Officer Michael Scruggs who ruled out speed or substances as factors in the mishap.

    Scruggs said he had been doing a series of house checks on the far side of town and since he “hates driving the same roads twice” he came down New Boston and immediately noticed the grey car resting at an alarming angle on top of a tall stump.

    Despite appearances, Officer Scruggs said his initial investigation led him to agree with the driver that it was a slow-speed accident.

    “There was no airbag deployment so that’s an indication to me that the front did not hit at 25 mph or greater because that is when the airbag would deploy,” Scruggs explained, adding that the car “had some help” getting clear up onto the stump because of “the way the road shoulder steps up and then there’s a small stump that stepped it up some more and then they got onto to the bigger stump…otherwise it would have been straight into the woods.”

    Thetford Fire Chief Chad Whitcomb said his volunteer firefighters, who had just returned to town from helping put out a three-alarm wildfire up in the town of Corinth promptly responded to the car crash along with an Upper Valley Ambulance crew.

    “We evaluated both of them medically and loaded them into the ambulance for the transport to the hospital,” Whitcomb explained, noting that none of the injuries appeared life-threatening.

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