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Auburn man dead after his truck crashes into storefront

New Hampshire Union Leader

May 26. 2018 8:23PM
A three-vehicle crash at Page and Hanover streets in Manchester on Saturday closed the intersection to all traffic and caused damage to the Page Street Express Mart. (BRUCE TAYLOR/UNION LEADER)

MANCHESTER - An Auburn man died in a three-way car crash Saturday afternoon that left another man injured and caused significant damage to the Page Street Express Mart, police said.

Around 2:45 p.m., Matthew McGrath, 76, of Auburn, was driving a Ford Ranger east on Hanover Street. He drove through a red light, the Manchester Polic Department said in a statement, and collided with a Ford Escape traveling north on Page Street. After the initial collision, the Ranger crashed into the front window of the market while the Escape struck a Dodge Caravan.

John Gargus of Manchester said he was inside the store talking to the owner when the crash occurred.

"I was at the cash register talking to him and seeing what was going on," Gargus said. "We heard the brakes and then the truck was right there" protruding about 18 inches through the store's front window.

Paramedics arrived at the scene and tended to McGrath. Gargas said McGrath appeared unresponsive at first but began to regain consciousness before EMTs loaded him into an ambulance.

McGrath was transported to a hospital and later pronounced dead, police said.

The driver of the Escape, 52-year-old Arthur Skiathits, was taken to the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening. The Caravan's driver, 58-year-old Robert Ames, was not injured.

Several hours after the crash, the intersection remained blocked off by police tape and cars were being diverted through a Dunkin' Donuts parking lot.

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