BARTLETT — A portion of Route 16/302 was closed for a half-hour midday Thursday next to Lucy Hardware in Intervale following a collision between two New Hampshire-registered vehicles.
While no one was injured, both vehicles — a white Chevrolet Silverado HD 3500 pickup and a black Lincoln Town Car — had to be towed from the scene.
Bartlett Police Chief Chris Keaton said the accident occurred at 1:42 p.m., when said the pickup was heading north, went to turn into Lucy Hardware but struck the Lincoln sedan, which was traveling southbound. Although Keaton declined to say where either driver was from, the pickup was seen to have a “Jackson Fire Department” tag attached to its front plate. “Fortunately, it was a low-speed crash,” Keaton said.
“The driver of the pickup said she didn’t realize the sedan was there. The gentleman in the sedan said he was going between 40-45 mph and saw the pickup and was able to angle his vehicle to the right to avoid a head-on collision,” he said.
The air bags deployed in the Lincoln.
“Both vehicles were pretty banged up, but both the lady and the gentlemen were able to walk away, which was the best part,” said Keaton.
Jackson police and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office responded and helped detour traffic onto Town Hall Road and Route 16A while fire and EMS personnel from North Conway Fire Department and Bartlett/Jackson Ambulance helped clean up debris.
Meanwhile, the Bartlett Fire Department responded the same day to a fire in the clubhouse at the Seasons at Attitash at 1:05 p.m.
“It was a drier fire,” said Bartlett Fire Chief Jeff Currier. “They have three commercial driers, and the middle drier caught fire,”
The fire was contained to the clothes drier. “My guys were on the job, and they rocked,” Currier said. “They did a great job.” Currier said Jackson Fire also responded. “The mutual aid we have in this valley is awesome,” said Currier.
Keaton said he had just responded to the fire, “and wasn’t there five minutes when I got the call to turn around and head to Lucy’s,” Keaton said.
Lucy Hardware closed briefly while Crowell’s and Hurteau Towing took the vehicles from the scene.