BELMONT — Early morning ice on Route 106 led to a collision of three vehicles, including a fully loaded cement truck, and left the three drivers with non-life threatening injuries yesterday.
According to the Belmont Police, the driver of the cement truck lost control while traveling northbound and drifted into the southbound lane just past the Lakes Region Casino. The truck struck a 2013 Chevy Equinox then left the road, slid down an embankment and rolled over as a 1999 Mercury Sable hit the Equinox. The drivers of the truck and the Equinox were both trapped in their vehicles and removed by police officers and firefighters from Belmont and Laconia.
Michael John, 62, who was driving the cement truck, was transported to Concord Hospital. Deborah Valliere, 60, the driver of the Equinox, and James Dupont, 79, the driver of the Sable, were both taken to Lakes Region General Hospital.
The Equinox and Sable were taken from the scene to the Lakes Region Casino while crews from Rusty's Towing worked throughout the morning first to right then to remove the cement truck, which was severely damaged in the crash. The mixer came apart from the truck and emptied some of its seven yards of cement at the foot of the embankment. The road was closed for a spell and after it was reopened traffic was confined to the northbound lane during much of the morning.
Police believe that neither speed nor alcohol contributed to the collisions, which were primarily caused by the icy conditions. The incident remains under investigation and police urge anyone with information about to contact the Belmont Police Department at (603) 267-8350.
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