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Durham police: Driver ran red light, causing crash

By KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent

February 12. 2018 9:46PM
Meredith Hamel, 47, of Barrington, who had been driving a 2016 Jeep Wrangler, was most seriously hurt in the crash that occurred Feb. 9 in Durham on Route 4 at the intersection of Madbury Road. (Durham Police Department)



DURHAM — Police in Durham say a four-vehicle crash that injured seven people and shut down Route 4 for five hours Friday morning was caused by a tractor-trailer driver who ran a red light.

Deputy Police Chief Rene Kelley said Monday they have had multiple witnesses say Eddie Watson, 59, of Barnstead, was traveling east and did not stop at the Madbury Road intersection. Watson drove his 2007 Western Star Semi Truck into a Jeep and Toyota Corolla, Kelley said.

Kelley said the 2016 Jeep Wrangler, driven by Meredith Hamel, 47, of Barrington, was traveling north. The 2005 Toyota Corolla, driven by Sotheada Ban, 53, of Somersworth, was heading south.

Kelley said those two vehicles had the green light and right of way.

The fourth vehicle involved in the crash had five people in it. Richard Bernier, 51, of Barrington, was headed west when his 2015 Chevy Traverse was struck.

Watson was the only person not treated for injuries. Hamel suffered serious, possibly life-threatening injuries and was still at Portsmouth Regional Hospital Monday, Kelley said.

“Though the accident is still under investigation, we anticipate that the driver of the tractor trailer unit will be charged with a red light violation for causing the accident,” Kelley said Monday.

Police said Friday impairment did not appear to be a factor in the crash.


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