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For Immediate Release
May 31, 2016
For more information contact:
Detective Sergeant David McCormack
(603) 223-8583

Motor Vehicle Crash (Serious Injury), Route 28, Barnstead

On May 31, 2016 at approximately 1731 hours, the Barnstead Police Department was notified of a motor vehicle crash on Route 28. The crash was reported to be in the area of Blueberry Station (Mobil Station.) Pittsfield Police responded as they were covering for the Barnstead Police Department. A short time later they were assisted by Barnstead Police Department. Fire personnel from Barnstead Fire and Rescue, Gilmanton Fire and Pittsfield Fire responded to the scene of the crash. It was determine the crash involved two vehicles, one being a GMC Van and the other a Chevrolet Impala. As a result of the collision, the operator of the GMC Van was ejected and sustained serious life threatening injuries. The operator of the GMC Van was identified as Thomas Garrity, age 51 of Alton, NH. Garrity was transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital, Hanover, New Hampshire where he was admitted for his injuries. The operator of the Chevrolet Impala, identified as Brian McKay, age 34 of Pittsfield, NH was transported to Concord Hospital where he was treated for relatively minor injuries and released.

Based upon the initial on scene investigation it appears that the GMC Van was headed southbound and the Chevrolet Impala was headed northbound. The investigation revealed the Chevrolet Impala appeared to have crossed over the centerline and into the travel lane of the GMC Van, resulting in a side impact collision.

At the request of the Barnstead Police Department, the New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction (C.A.R.) Unit responded to the scene. The Pittsfield Police and Fire Departments, Barnstead Police and Fire Departments and Gilmanton Fire and Rescue also responded to the scene and assisted. Due to the collision, Route 28 was closed for approximately 5 hours and traffic was diverted around the collision.

At this time it appears that crossing the centerline is the cause of the collsion, however all aspects remain under investigation. Anyone that may have further information related to this crash, please contact Detective Sergeant David McCormack at 603-223-8583 or email at

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