‘We are grateful beyond words’: Teen injured in fiery New Hampshire crash released from hospital

“I’m basically getting a second chance at life here.”

A New Hampshire teen, who was injured in a fiery crash last month with a tractor-trailer, has been released from the hospital, his family says.

Sam Lachance was released from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston on Wednesday, his mother, Jessica, shared on Facebook, recounting the agonizing moment she learned of the crash, which was captured by a dashboard camera in another vehicle.

“Four weeks ago, our family was shattered,” she wrote. “It was a normal day until we got the call no parent wants to hear: Sam had been in a horrific, unbelievably violent car accident that by looks of the dash cam could only be from a movie. Little did our family know that everything happened at the right place, at the right time, with the right people. Everything that happened was in a way that the only purpose could be to save his life.”


Over the next few days, she and her family watched as doctors put her 18-year-old son “back together.”

“Things we were told about his injuries and path to recovery seemed overwhelming and dire,” she wrote. “However, through pure strength, skill, prayers, and intervention that I can’t even wrap my head around, Sam began an unbelievable healing that stunned everyone.

The 18-year-old is expected to make a “complete, full recovery,” Lachance said.

“He plans to return to work, to college. To life,” she wrote. “We are grateful beyond words.”

Sam Lachance told CBS Boston all he can remember is the time he spent at Spaulding and he has “zero memory” from the day of the crash, when the Jeep he was driving crossed the center line in Dublin, New Hampshire, as he was driving back to Keene State College, where he is a student.

“Seeing that video was, it was just basically telling me what happened and how I got all my injuries,” the teen said.

According to the station, he was pulled from the flaming, wrecked car by good Samaritans.

“Thank you, very much, you saved my life,” he said in the interview with CBS Boston. “I wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for your guys.”


The college student had to have his spleen removed and was left with burns on his face and hands, a collapsed lung, and a fractured foot, according to CBS Boston.

The teen told the station he’s happy to be home and is looking forward to returning to college.

“I’m basically getting a second chance at life here,” he said.


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