Bad wreck closes down Rte. 106 for 10+ hours

BELMONT — A two-car head-on collision at 7:12 a.m. Thursday on Route 106 sent two local residents by ambulance to hospitals.
Cherie Shaw, 27, of Gilford was transported by ambulance to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medial Center in Lebanon with serious injuries and Aaron Downing, 28, of Belmont was taken to LRGH with minor injuries. Because of the weather, the DHART helicopter was unable to respond.
Route 106 from Plummer Hill Road on the Laconia side to Leavitt Road on the Belmont side was closed from 7:12 a.m. until just before 6 p.m. and traffic was rerouted.
Although Belmont Police and the Belknap Regional Accident Investigation Team continue to investigate the crash, preliminarily police said Downing, who was headed north crossed into the south-bound lane and hit Shaw's vehicle.
There were no skid marks on either side of the crash. The vehicles ended up in the southbound lane across from Spears Brothers Building Wrecking.
Downing was driving a dark medium-sized SUV and Shaw was driving a silver Chevrolet sedan.
The front end of Shaw's car was nearly demolished. Belmont Fire Lt. Mike Newhall said she was trapped when he arrived and firefighters used hydraulic extrication equipment to free her from the car.
Newhall said rescue workers displaced the car doors and removed the roof.
Sgt. Adam Hawkins said a N.H. State Trooper Edward Marceau III was on his way to Concord and was two cars behind Shaw. He reported the crash and stopped traffic but did not witness it.
Hawkins said Downing was traveling with his dog. He said the dog was unharmed and was taken from the site of the crash by a woman who knows Downing.