Head-on ties up upper Union Avenue

LACONIA — The southbound lane of Union Avenue was closed and northbound traffic slowed to a crawl between Lakeport Square and McIntyre Circle for about an hour after two vehicles collided in the center of the roadway just south of Lake Street shortly before noon yesterday.

A Honda Ridgeline, driven northbound by Karen Craver, 51, of Gilford and a Jeep Liberty, driven southbound by Zachary Pearson, 20, of Laconia, collided obliquely near where the center lane on Union Avenue ends and the left turn lane to Lake Street (Weirs Blvd.) begins.

Neither motorist was with a passenger and both were treated for non-life threatening injuries at Lakes Region General Hospital. Both vehicles suffered severe damage. Police officers from both Laconia and Gilford diverted traffic around the scene of the accident for nearly an hour.

Lieutenant Rick Simmons said that the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

CAPTION: Both vehicles suffered severe damage, but their drivers escaped without serious injury when they collided nearly head-on on Union Avenue near McIntyre Circle around noon yesterday. Traffic crept along Union Avenue for nearly an hour until the vehicles were towed and the roadway cleared. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch).