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For Immediate Release
January 10, 2017
For more information contact:
Trooper First Class Brian Ross
brian.ross@dos.nh.gov

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash, North Hampton

On Tuesday January 9, 2018 at approximately 5:50 p.m. New Hampshire State Police Troop A was notified of a serious motor vehicle crash that had just occurred on Interstate 95 Southbound in the Town of North Hampton, NH. Initial on-scene information indicates that a Chevrolet Express Van, driven by Ming CHEN, age 51 of Boston, Massachusetts, was traveling southbound when he lost control of the vehicle and struck the crash attenuator barrier just north of the Hampton Toll Plaza. There were also 3 other passengers in the vehicle, one of which was ejected out the front windshield. The operator, CHEN and one of the passengers were transported to Exeter Hospital in Exeter with serious injuries. The 2 rear passengers were transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth, one with serious injuries and one with life threatening injuries.

Based upon the initial on-scene investigation, it appears that the Chevrolet Van was traveling southbound on Interstate 95 when it either changed lanes and lost control or was trying to make it into the cash lanes from the open road tolling lanes at the Toll Plaza.

At the request of the New Hampshire State Police Troop A, the New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction (C.A.R.) Unit responded to the scene and assumed control of the investigation. Due to the collision, the 2 lanes that lead into the cash lanes at the Hampton Toll Plaza were closed for approximately 3 hours and traffic was diverted into the high speed tolling lanes. The New Hampshire State Police were assisted on scene by the Hampton and North Hampton Fire Departments, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

At this time it does not appear that impairment was a factor in this crash, however all aspects remain under investigation. Anyone that may have further information related to this crash, please contact TFC Brian Ross at 603-223-8490 or email at brian.ross@dos.nh.gov.

Update:

The identification of the passengers in this crash has now been confirmed. The front seat passenger was identified as Mingjian CHEN, age 53 of Boston, Massachusetts. He was originally transported to Exeter Hospital with serious injuires. He was later transferred to a Boston area hospital in stable condition but still serious injuries. The rear passenger that was ejected through the front windshield was identified as Yong ZHENG, age 54 of Quincy, Massachusetts. He was originally transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth with life-threatening injuries. Late Tuesday evening he succumbed to those injuries sustained in the crash. The other rear passenger was identified as Zhangfang WANG, age 42 of Boston, Massachusetts. He was also transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with serious injuries. He remains at Portsmouth Hospital in stable condition. It does not appear that any of the occupants in the vehicle were wearing seat belts.

The investigation continues at this time.

   
 
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