At Least 5 People Hospitalized after Tractor-Trailer and Cars Collide During AM Rush Hour
DURHAM - Officials say 5 people were sent to the hospital after a collision involving several cars Friday.
On Friday morning police and emergency personnel responded to the intersection of Route 4 and Madbury Road for an accident involving several vehicles including a tractor trailer.
State police later released the names and vehicles and involved:
Eddie Watson, 59, of Barnstead, NH, was driving a Western Star semi-truck traveling on Route 4.
Meredith Hamel, 47, of Barrington NH, was driving a Jeep Wrangler traveling north on Madbury Road.
Sotheada Ban, 53, of Somersworth, NH, was driving a Toyota Corolla traveling south on Madbury Road.
Richard Bernier, 51, of Barrington, NH, was traveling westbound on Route 4, driving a Chevy Traverse. Mr. Bernier also had four passengers in his vehicle.
The passengers of Mr. Ban and Mr. Berniers vehicles were transported and evaluated for injury at the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover.
The NH State Police accident reconstruction team is en route to the scene. The intersection of Route 4 and Madbury Road will be closed for several hours. We appreciate your patience during this necessary roadway closure.— Town of Durham, NH (@town_of_durham) February 9, 2018
Todd Selig, Administrator
Town of Durham, NH
CRASH ALERT: Durham Route 4 at Madbury Road roadway closed #NHTraffic— NH Troopers 🇺🇸 (@NH_Troopers) February 9, 2018
Several people involved were transported to the hospital with minor injures. Officials say, Ms. Hamel sustained life-threatening injuries in the collision and was transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth.
The collision resulted in the intersection being closed for five hours.
Police believe a red light violation was the cause of the collision but this accident is still under investigation to determine which driver was at fault.
The Associated Press contributed information to this story.