Man charged with OUI after slamming into Conway library; passenger seriously injured

CONWAY, N.H. — A pickup truck slammed into the front of the Conway Public Library early Thursday morning and left a 21-year-old female passenger in critical condition.

Brooke Barron, of Conway, New Hampshire, was transported to Memorial Hospital and ultimately transferred to Maine Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

The driver of the truck, 31-year-old Harold Hill Jr. of Harrison, Maine, suffered non life threatening injuries. He was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and released on personal recognizance.

Conway Police responded to the library at approximately 12:15 a.m. for a report of a vehicle that had driven off the road and hit the building.

On arrival, crews found Hill Jr. and Barron entrapped in the truck, which had sustained heavy front end damage.

The force of the crash caused two of the library’s brownstone columns to collapse. The road was shut down for approximately 3 hours while crews investigated.

Engineering experts were consulted and determined the building was structurally sound and does not require further support. The library says regular hours and operations have not been impacted by the crash.

The library plans to fully assess the damage and restore the historic building to its original condition.

The Conway Police Department, along with members of Conway Fire Department, Conway Rescue and Conway Ambulance all responded to the crash and are actively investigating. Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact Conway Police.

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