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Police: Truck driver’s quick actions prevented head-on crash in Wilton

WILTON – Two people were injured Wednesday afternoon when their car collided with a tractor-trailer on a narrow, twisting part of Forest Road.

Police said the truck driver’s fast actions prevented a head-on crash. ...

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WILTON – Two people were injured Wednesday afternoon when their car collided with a tractor-trailer on a narrow, twisting part of Forest Road.

Police said the truck driver’s fast actions prevented a head-on crash.

The driver of the Volvo sedan, John Taylor Jr., of Lyndeborough, and his 18-year-old female passenger were taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the truck, Richard Menczywor, 52, of Pembroke, was not hurt and “did an amazing job of minimizing the impact of the collision,” said Wilton Police Chief Brent Hautanen.

The truck, owned by Ross Express, of Boscawen, was heading north on Forest Road, which is Route 31, and the Volvo, which was heading south, swerved into the northbound lane, Menczywor swerved to the right so that his vehicle’s entire right side went into a 6-foot deep culvert, Hautanen said.

A tree probably prevented the truck from falling onto its side, he said.

When it hit the truck, the car took out one of the two steps leading to the driver’s side of the cab and then went down the length of the truck and damaged the truck’s rear axle, the police chief said.

The accident occurred shortly before 2:23 p.m., about a mile north of downtown Wilton. The road was closed for at least two hours with traffic diverted to Burton Highway and Dale Street.

State Police assisted Wilton police.

Hautanen said early indications are that driver fatigue, on the part of the Volvo’s driver, was the cause of the crash.