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Library Hill crash still under investigation

By Staff | Jul 18, 2011

NASHUA – The front of longtime downtown landmark Collins Flowers remained boarded up Sunday after a Nissan Maxima left the road and crashed through the door and windows Saturday evening.

It’s not known if the business, at 9 Main St., will be able to open on Monday. Owner Peter Collins couldn’t be reached Sunday for comment.

Police Sunday night said no new information is available on the incident, which remains under investigation by detectives.

Around 8 p.m. Saturday, the sound of shattering glass and crunching metal reverberated on and around Library Hill when the Maxima, whose operator may have suffered a medical problem, reportedly veered into the building while heading south on Main Street, according to witnesses.

The car first leveled a parking meter before striking the building facade.

Fire and police officials at the scene indicated a medical issue may have led to the driver losing control, but nothing official has been released. The driver, whose name police haven’t released, was treated at the scene then transported to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, a fire official said.

The flower shop has been a fixture among downtown businesses for more than 80 years. Founded in 1930 when the late Francis Collins Sr. bought “Powers Flowers” at 133 Main St., the shop is now run by his grandson, Peter. The younger Collins joined his father, Francis Jr., at the shop in 1980, the same year it moved to 9 Main St.



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