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STODDARD — Two people were taken to the hospital — with one flown by helicopter — after a crash that left a section of Route 9 closed for about an hour and a half Wednesday night, according to N.H. State Police.

State Police said a 2006 Honda CR-V driven by Casey Accardi, 26, of Wellesley, Mass., was driving westward just west of Route 123 South on Route 9 at about 9:45 when a deer ran in front of the vehicle, causing Accardi to brake hard before hitting the animal.

Sean Barber, 45, of Wilmington, Vt., was driving behind Accardi on a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle, according to a news release. As Accardi braked, Barber tried to stop but lost control of the motorcycle and crashed, sliding off the road. The motorcycle did not hit Accardi’s vehicle.

Barber suffered critical injuries and was taken by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, according to the release. A juvenile passenger on the motorcycle, who police would not name, was taken to Concord Hospital by ambulance with serious, but non-life-threatening, injuries.

A representative from Dartmouth-Hitchcock said this morning that Barber’s name is not on the list of patients for which the hospital is authorized to release patient condition information.

State Police and Stoddard police responded to the crash. The investigation is ongoing; anyone with relevant information can contact Trooper Thomas Byrne at 223-8494 or Thomas.Byrne@dos.nh.gov.

Meg McIntyre can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1404, or mmcintyre@keenesentinel.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MMcIntyreKS.