Crash sends mom, kids to hospital

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DIXFIELD – A Dixfield woman and her two young children went to Rumford Hospital by ambulance Monday after she lost control of her pickup truck on black ice while rounding a Route 2 curve and struck a tree, police said.

Deirdre Gallant, 39, complained of pain after the 4:30 p.m. accident, Sgt. Mark Dow said early Tuesday evening. Responders were also worried about her 2-year-old son, Zachary, and 10-year-old daughter, Caitlin, so all three were taken by Med-Care Ambulance, he added.

A Rumford Hospital nursing supervisor said Tuesday night that none were patients there.

Dow said Gallant was driving west in a 2001 Ford Explorer pickup truck when she lost control.

“Route 2 was a sheet of ice in a very short time. Treatment the road got in the morning was pretty much gone after things got warm and wet. Then, when the temperatures dropped, water on the road froze,” he said.

The truck went off the westbound lane and traveled parallel to the road before stopping against a tree about a quarter mile from MT Pockets garage.

“It appears that speed played a role, too. She was traveling a little too fast for the conditions,” Dow said.

Damage was estimated at $3,000. In addition to Dow, Chief Richard A. Pickett and reserve officer James Flanders responded, along with Dixfield firefighters.

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