Gilmanton crash sends 2 teens to hospital

GILMANTON — Two teens were taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital after driving off Route 140 and hitting a wooden sign post, a delineation post, and a tree at 4:23 p.m. Thursday.
Sgt. Matt Currier said seat belts likely saved the lives of driver Matthew Adlard, 17, of Gilmanton and passenger Kendra Eldridge, 18, of Gilford.
Currier said Adlard was headed east (toward Alton) when he failed to negotiate a gradual curve just east of the Belmont line. He said speed was not a factor and attributed the crash to wet roadways and/or mechanical failure.
He said traffic was closed to one lane for about an hour.