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Four-car crash kills one, shuts down I-95 in Hampton Falls

September 24. 2018 8:34AM

HAMPTON FALLS — A four-car, chain-reaction crash left a Maine driver dead and  shut down both sides of Interstate 95 in Hampton Falls Sunday night.

Siow Chang, 56, of Falmouth, Maine, who was driving a 2017 Honda CR-V, suffered fatal injuries, State Police said in a news release. State Police were called to the scene about 7:50 p.m., on I-95 south near mile marker 3.

According to police, Chang stopped in the travel lane of I-95 North for an unknown reason when the CR-V was hit from behind by a 2005 Toyota Tacoma driven by Eero Ruuttila, 67, of Morrill, Maine. Ruuttila was unable to avoid the crash due to surrounding traffic, police said.

The impact of that crash pushed Chang's car across the median onto southbound I-95, where it collided with a 2016 Fort Transit van driven by Jennifer Spinneli, 34, of Stoneham, Mass., police said, which then crashed with a 2006 Ford Escape driven by Wayne Frtitz, 82, of Seabrook, police said.

Ruuttila and passenger Liana Eastman, 66, of Morrill, Maine, were taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital for treatment, police said, as were Fritz and his passenger, Mary Fritz, 82, also of Seabrook. Spinneli and her passenger, Anthony Bolton, 26, of Revere, Mass., were taken to the Seabrook Emergency Room.

All were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

The crash closed a portion of both the north and southbound lanes for several hours police said. By 9:30 p.m., the left lanes on the northbound and southbound sides of the highway were reopened, while the right lanes remained closed.

Police ask anyone with information to contact Trooper Tyler Dodds at 223-3848.

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