TAMWORTH — A man was taken to Maine Medical Center by helicopter Thursday after the subcompact crossover SUV he was driving collided head-on with a tractor-trailer truck on Route 16 in Chocorua.
The road was closed for more than four hours during the rescue and accident investigation.
Tamworth Police Chief Dana Littlefield said a Kia Soul heading northbound crossed over the center line and struck a southbound tractor-trailer at about 12:30 p.m. on the side of Chocorua Hill facing Chocorua Lake.
Littlefield said the Kia driver's injuries were "extensive" but he didn't know his exact condition.
Littlefield said the accident was "still under investigation."
A rupture in the truck's fuel tank caused the truck to catch fire.
The Kia driver was taken to Maine Medical Center by air ambulance, but the two occupants of the tractor trailer, both male, were uninjured, Littlefield said. The names of the people involved were not available at press time.
A state police trooper diverting northbound traffic from Route 16 onto Route 113 in Chocorua.
The road reopened at about 4:45 p.m.
Personnel from Action Ambulance, Tamworth Fire, Center Ossipee Fire, Carroll County Sheriff's Office and New Hampshire Department of Transportation assisted.