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Four-car Durham crash leaves Barrington driver with potentially life-threatening injuries

By KEVIN LANDRIGAN
New Hampshire Union Leader

February 09. 2018 7:28PM
Meredith Hamel, 47, of Barrington, who had been driving a 2016 Jeep Wrangler, was most seriously hurt in the crash that occurred Feb. 9, 2018, in Durham on Route 4 at the intersection of Madbury Road. (Durham Police Department)



DURHAM — A red light violation appeared to have caused a serious four-car collision in Durham Friday morning, resulting in one driver being hospitalized with potentially life-threatening injuries, State Police officials said.

The crash at 7 a.m. was on Route 4 at the intersection of Madbury Road.

The State Police Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Unit is investigating which of the drivers might be at fault, officials said.

Meredith Hamel, 47, of Barrington, was most seriously hurt in the crash. She had been traveling north on Madbury Road while driving a 2016 Jeep Wrangler.

She is hospitalized with possibly life-threatening injuries at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, officials said.

Richard Bernier, 51, of Barrington was traveling westbound on Route 4 driving a 2015 Chevy Traverse.

He and four passengers in his car were brought to the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover for treatment of their injuries.

Eddie Watson, 59, of Barnstead, was driving a 2007 Western Star semi-tractor trailer truck eastbound on Route 4 and was not injured.

Sotheada Ban, 53, of Somersworth, was driving a 2005 Toyota Corolla south on Madbury Road. Ban was brought to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital for treatment as well.

The crash closed Route 4 in the area of the Madbury Road lights for five hours, and traffic was diverted around that intersection.

Assisting State Police with the crash were the Durham Police, Fire and Public Works Departments along with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

State Police officials said impairment did not appear to be a factor in the crash, but the investigation continues.

Anyone who may have further information on the crash is urged to contact State Trooper Daniel Quartulli at 223-8993 or daniel.quartulli@dos.nh.gov.

klandrigan@unionleader.com

A red light violation appeared to have caused a serious four-car collision in Durham on Feb. 9, 2018, resulting in one driver being hospitalized with potentially life-threatening injuries, State Police said. (Durham Police Department)


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