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N.H. crash injures two Mass. women

Two women from Massachusetts suffered life-threatening injuries Wednesday after the car they were in flipped near an Interstate 93 on-ramp in New Hampshire, police said.

New Hampshire State Police said they responded to the crash at about 3:45 p.m., finding a 2011 Acura TSX on its roof in the treeline close to Exit 8 on the southbound side of the highway in Manchester, N.H.

A preliminary investigation suggests that Barbara Peterson, 70, of Stoughton, was driving the car and Dorothy Lourie, 80, of Hingham, was a passenger when the vehicle went off the right side of the interstate and across the Exit 8 on-ramp, where it struck a guardrail, which caused the car to flip onto its roof.

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The vehicle, according to authorities, came to rest in the treeline of an embankment.

Both women were trapped inside the Acura, and firefighters had to extricate them.

The pair was taken to a local hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries, police said.

The matter is still under investigation. Police said it was not immediately clear why the car went off the road.


Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.