Missed red light apparently cause of 3-car wreck on busy Rte. 3 in Tilton

TILTON — A three-car crash in front of the AutoServ dealership yesterday afternoon sent two people to the hospital by ambulance and snarled traffic along the busy Route 3 corridor.

Police said one woman was headed toward Tilton village on Route 3 and apparently failed to stop for a red light, striking a car exiting east with the light toward Laconia from the Market Basket parking lot on Sherwood Drive.

Eyewitness Chuck Cook said the car the apparently ran the red light hit the front of one car, which then struck a second car traveling in the same direction. He said the front of the first car that was struck was torn off.

Cook said employees from AutoServ assisted the both of the women who were injured until police and firefighters could arrive.

Tilton Police said the two female drivers were taken by ambulance to area hospitals with what he described a non life-threatening injuries.

Police said the accident remains under investigation.

CAPTION: AutoServ's Paul Gaudette Jr. and an unidentified man assist the driver of one of the cars that was struck by a second car that apparently ran a red light in front of Market Basket yesterday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of Chuck Cook)