PINKHAM NOTCH — A Quebec man had to be med-flighted to the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, Wednesday afternoon after being injured in a two-vehicle collision on Route 16 in Pinkham’s Grant, just south of Deadman’s Curve. Traffic was reduced to a single lane for about four hours.
According to N.H. State Police Headquarters, at 4:39 p.m. on Wednesday, “State Police Troop E and Troop F were dispatched to a serious motor vehicle collision on Route 16 in Pinkham’s Grant.”
Jackson Police Department also responded with Patrolman First Class Ryan McDonald arriving on the scene first.
“I arrived to see two vehicles with heavy damage and smoke coming out of them,” McDonald said by phone Thursday. “One patient was still in a vehicle, while one got out with assistance from bystanders.”
McDonald, who is an EMT, evaluated both patients prior to Bartlett Jackson Ambulance and Gorham Police arrival. Jackson Fire Department and Gorham Fire Department also responded to the scene.
The two vehicles had been in a head-on collision, according to McDonald.
According to a release issued by State Police, a 2013 Toyota Camry, driven by Curtis King, 30, of Shelburne, and a 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup driven by Eric Baudry, 51, of Quebec, collided.
“Based upon the initial investigation, the Toyota Camry was traveling north in the southbound lane when it struck the front of the Dodge Ram 1500,” according to the State Police press release.
“Baudry suffered life-threatening injuries and was med-flighted to Maine Medical,” the release states, while King sustained serious injuries and was transported to Memorial Hospital in North Conway by ambulance.
The Sun reached out to Maine Med to find out the status of Baudry, but officials there had no information as of Thursday afternoon.
“Due to the seriousness of the crash, the N.H. State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene,” the release states. “The cause of this crash remains under investigation. Anyone that may have further information related to this collision, or who witnessed this collision are encouraged to contact Trooper Gary Wood Jr. at (603) 323-3333 or email him at Gary.WoodJr@dos.nh.gov.”
Chris Perley, chief of Jackson police, said he and McDonald became EMT-certified last spring, while the entire department trained as first responders.
“It’s paid dividends being able to provide that assistance,” Perley said by phone Thursday. “There was the motorcycle fatality here last month (on Route 16 near the Wentworth Golf Club) and we weren’t able to save him (William F. Keefe, 68, of Naples, Maine), but we were able to clear his airway, provide high-performance CPR and start the process before (Bartlett Jackson Ambulance) got there.
He added: “It’s another good tool for us to have.”