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May 01. 2012 3:04PM

Danville driver killed after striking Route 101 bridge in Candia


State police investigate a single car accident on Route 101 West between Exits 4 and 3 in Candia on Tuesday. The unidentified male driver was killed. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

State police said the driver of this Toyota Scion was killed when he crashed into a bridge abutment on Route 101 in Candia Tuesday afternoon. (JASON SCHREIBER)

CANDIA - A Danville man was killed Tuesday after the car he was driving struck a bridge abutment on Route 101.

Justin R. Barrett, 19, was fatally injured in the crash that occurred on Route 101 westbound just after 1:30 p.m.

State Police said Barrett's Toyota Scion was heading westbound when it went off the right-hand side of the highway and traveled approximately 300 feet off the pavement before crashing into the bridge abutment.

Marks could be seen in the dirt and grass where the car traveled just off the highway and into the concrete support section of the bridge.

The front of the car was completely flattened by the impact of the crash. State Police Sgt. Steve Cooper said he didn't know if the driver was wearing a seatbelt, but airbags did deploy.

The accident happened about a mile east of Exit 3.

Barrett was taken to Elliot Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation by Trooper Kevin Devlin.


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