Driver rear-ends NHDOT SUV parked on shoulder of Laconia Bypass

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LACONIA — A Gilford man was taken to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon yesterday after the car he was driving crashed into the rear of a N.H. Department of Transportation survey vehicle on the Laconia Bypass.

Laconia Police Sgt. Gary Hubbard said it appears a DOT sport utility vehicle was parked on the side of the bypass near the Mile Hill Road Bridge while its three-man crew was surveying nearby.

Hubbard said the emergency lights on the DOT truck were ...

LACONIA — A Gilford man was taken to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon yesterday after the car he was driving crashed into the rear of a N.H. Department of Transportation survey vehicle on the Laconia Bypass.

Laconia Police Sgt. Gary Hubbard said it appears a DOT sport utility vehicle was parked on the side of the bypass near the Mile Hill Road Bridge while its three-man crew was surveying nearby.

Hubbard said the emergency lights on the DOT truck were flashing but a car driven by Robert Costa, 74, of 35 Ridgewood Ave. in Gilford drifted over the outside white line and crashed into the rear of the DOT truck.

Hubbard said one of the three people on the surveying crew tried to warn Costa, who was driving a red Cadillac, by waving his arms but to no avail.

He said Costa was extricated from the car by firefighters from Laconia and Belmont and taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital where he was transferred to Dartmouth with serious injuries.

Hubbard said none of the three surveyors were injured and said police continue to investigate the crash.

Both cars were removed from the Bypass by tow trucks and the road was closed for about 90 minutes from 11:08 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.