Police are blaming speed for an accident that left the 60 year-old driver of a 1967 Porsche 911 in serious but stable condition. According to New Hampshire State Police, George Gates, of Lloyd Harbor, NY was traveling too fast to handle a section of curves near the Pontook Dam on Route 16 in Dummer, NH. From what we've read, George was participating in the annual "North East Mountain Melee" and those that know him aren't convinced that speed was the cause. In fact, a few who've been on this trip before mentioned spotting moose along the drive, including in and along the road where the crash occurred.
The police are saying that Gates entered the "S" curves too fast, lost control of his Porsche, scraped a telephone pole on his way off-road and then hit a tree head-on. The reports we read say he sustained serious head injuries (the Porsche was equipped with a lap-belt only, which he was wearing) and is in serious but stable condition. Unfortunately, his Porsche didn't fair so well. As you can see in the picture above, rescue crews needed to cut Gates out and removed the 911's entire top in the process. Hopefully, he recovers quickly and fully.
Be Careful Out There!
We know a number of you have classic Porsches and have similar lap belt set-ups. As much as we don't like to play with originality, if you're only driving with a lap belt, please consider updating to include a shoulder harness.
Update: 5-20-2013 There's a over at PelicanParts discussing the accident. Apparently, George was hurt worse than the article we read mentions. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts.
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