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A driver escaped critical injuries after dozing off and crashing into three other vehicles on the Laconia Bypass late Thursday afternoon. (Courtesy Photo/Laconia Police Department)

LACONIA — A driver managed to escape critical injuries when he dozed off at the wheel and crashed into three vehicles on the Laconia Bypass late Thursday afternoon, police report.

The accident occurred just before 6 p.m. Thursday on the bypass near the Route 107 off-ramp.

Laconia police said Jordan Fessenden, 22, was driving a car north on the limited-access highway when he fell asleep at the wheel and veered into the path of three southbound vehicles.

The drivers of the other vehicles tried to avoid a collision, but were unsuccessful, police said.

Fessenden suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said in a statement released to the media. The drivers of the other vehicles were uninjured. There were no passengers in any of the vehicles.

The bypass was closed to traffic for a time.

The accident remains under investigation. Anyone who may have seen the crash is asked to call Laconia police at 603-524-5252.

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