Tyngsboro, NH Two Car Head On Collision, June 1963



Tyngsboro, N. H. -- A Chelmsford, Mass., youth was killed and three other persons were seriously injured in a two-car, head-on crash on Route 3 last night, Police Chief Harold Pivirotto said today.
The victims was identified by police as PETER BURLISS, 19, of 2 Hemlock at Chelmsford. He was Tyngsboro's third road fatality this year.
The youth was pronounced dead on arrival at the Nashua Memorial Hospital. Dr. David C. Marshall, of Nashua, deputy medical referee, who examined the body, attributed death to head injuries.
The injured were:
THOMAS HODGE, 18, of 12 Norman Ave., Newburyport, Mass., who is in the Memorial Hospital with a concussion and a fractured jaw, multiple cuts and bruises. He and BURLISS were riding in a car registered to CATHERINE HODGE of Newburyport, according to police.
KENNETH M. STARRETT, 40, of 87 Main St., North Chelmsford and his son-in-law, GARY J. CARON, 21, of 33 Sixth St., also of North Chelmsford. Both are in St. Joseph's hospital, Nashua.
STARRETT was listed in critical condition by hospital officials. He sustained head injuries and a collapsed lung.
CARON received head injuries and a fractured left arm. His condition was listed as fair.
Police said the vehicle carrying the two was registered to CARON.
The accident occurred on the new section of Route 3, known also as the Westford Rd., less than one mile from the Tyngsboro Bridge. The accident occurred about 7 p.m., a short time after a rainstorm.
Chief Pivirotto and Inspector Edward Pettorule of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles said the CARON vehicle was headed northeast toward Tyngsboro center and the other car was going in the opposite direction.
The accident caused a major traffic tie-up and backed up traffic to the Nashua-Tyngsboro Line. Tyngsboro police directed traffic until the wreckage was removed from the highway.
Both vehicles were damaged heavily, possibly total losses. They were towed to a Tyngsboro garage.
The front ends of the cars, convertibles, were smashed in. HODGE, the authorities said, was thrown from the car upon impact.

Nashua Telegraph New Hampshire 1963-06-10