BELMONT — Police and firefighters responded to a collision that involved three vehicles at the intersection of Route 3 and Ladd Hill Road Thursday at 5:55 a.m.
Belmont-Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson said that Laconia was first to arrive and found a woman in a black Lincoln who was trapped in her car because her driver's door had been crushed.
He said it took firefighters from Laconia and Belmont about a half an hour to free the woman by using an extrication device. He said the airbags deployed but the car's crumple zones and airbag system functioned well and she was not seriously injured.
She was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital for treatment.
Erickson said this was one of the first times that the combining of the resources of the two departments came into play since Belmont and Laconia decided to share a chief a few months ago.
With Laconia responding immediately to the Route 3 section of Belmont he said help was able to get there faster than before the new arrangement.
He also said the two departments have been training together for extrication and the operation was seamless.
Police said there were three vehicles involved in the crash and no one was seriously injured.
— Gail Ober
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