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Accident with school bus sends students, teenage driver to hospital

During the morning commute on Tuesday, chaos erupted in Exeter when a teenager's sedan struck both a minivan and a school bus. The collision resulted in seven people being injured, with the teenager listed in critical condition at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center in Boston.

Jesse Godin, the teenager, was reportedly driving his Volkswagen Jetta north on Portsmouth Avenue around 7 a.m. Godin apparently lost control of the vehicle and crossed into the southbound lane, there striking a minivan driven by Hasmukh Patel. Patel's vehicle was traveling just in front of a school bus, which then drove into Godin's vehicle head-on.

The Volkswagen became wedged beneath the front of the school bus, crushing the front of Godin's car. According to state police, the sedan then caught fire. A witness who had stopped to help used a fire extinguisher from the bus to combat the flames, as the bus driver, Jennifer Call, slowly backed it away from the Jetta.

Emergency responders were forced to use the Jaws of Life to cut Godin out of the car. He was reportedly taken to Exeter Hospital with life-threatening injuries. On Tuesday afternoon, officials said that he had been transferred to Beth Israel with a punctured lung, broken ankles and a dislocated hip.

Six other people - four students on the bus, the minivan driver and his passenger - were also taken to area hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials have not speculated as to the cause of the accident, but said that an investigation is ongoing. The roads in the area on Tuesday morning were slick with wet snow.

If you have been injured in an accident, it is in your best interest to seek help from an expert New Hampshire personal injury attorney. These professionals can help you seek damages from liable parties and their insurers in court.

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