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For Immediate Release
February 9, 2018
For more information contact:
Trooper Daniel Quartulli
(603) 223-8993

Serious Motor Vehicle Crash, Route 4 Durham NH

On Friday February 9, 2018 at approximately 7:00 a.m. the Durham Police Department responded to a collision involving four vehicles on Route 4 at the intersection with Madbury Road in Durham. Due to the seriousness of the crash they requested the assistance of the New Hampshire State Police-Troop A and Troop G. At the request of the Durham Police Department, the New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction (C.A.R.) Unit also responded to the scene and assumed control of the investigation.

This collision involved a 2007 Western Star Semi Truck traveling eastbound on Route 4, operated by Eddie Watson, age 59, of Barnstead, NH; a 2016 Jeep Wrangler traveling north on Madbury Road operated by Meredith Hamel, age 47, of Barrington, NH; a 2005 Toyota Corolla traveling south on Madbury Road, operated by Sotheada Ban, age 53, of Somersworth, NH; and a 2015 Chevy Traverse traveling westbound on Route 4, operated by Richard Bernier, age 51, of Barrington, NH. Four passengers were also in Mr. Bernier's vehicle. The occupants of the Toyota Corolla and the Chevy Traverse were transported and evaluated for injury at the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover. Ms. Hamel had sustained serious, possibly life threatening injuries in the collision and was transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth.

Due to the collision, Route 4 in the area of the Madbury Road lights was closed for approximately 5 hours and traffic was diverted around various detours. The New Hampshire State Police CAR Unit was assisted on scene by New Hampshire State Police Troop A and Troop G, the Durham Police Department, the Durham Fire Department, the Durham Public Works Department and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a red light violation was the cause of the collision, however, further investigation is underway to reconstruct the events of the crash and determine which driver was at fault.

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 Trooper Daniel Quartulli at 603-223-8993 or email at
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