Police: Driver ejected, lodged in tree during rollover crash in Canaan

Staff Report

Published: 01-05-2022 9:17 PM

CANAAN — A 29-year-old Canaan man suffered life-threatening injuries after he rolled his truck on Route 4 in Canaan on Tuesday morning and was ejected into a tree, Canaan police said in a news release Wednesday.

Joshua White was reportedly driving erratically and heading west on Route 4 when his pickup truck failed to negotiate a left-hand curve near Lafortune Road, skidded from right to left across both lanes and hit a snowbank, causing the truck to “flip over and roll several times,” according to a preliminary investigation by police.

White was apparently ejected as the truck rolled, landing in a tree where he was “briefly lodged” about 7 feet off the ground before the vehicle came to a rest, police said.

Canaan police, fire and ambulance responded at around 8:02 a.m. and rendered aid to White, who appeared to have suffered major injuries and was taken by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, according to the news release.

The police said the crash is still under investigation but that speed and alcohol appear to have been factors.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock spokes-person Audra Burns said via email that White is not on a list of names the hospital is authorized to release information about.

Joshua White’s grandmother, Dorothy White, of Marshfield, Mass., said in a brief interview on the phone that “I just know he’s in the ICU” and not allowed visitors. She said her grandson moved to Canaan from Massachusetts four or five years ago and has no other family in the area.

She said her grandson previously worked at Canaan Village Pizza in Canaan and, for the past year, has been working in a training program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

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