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For Immediate Release
February 14, 2019
For more information contact:
Trooper Ryan Hajjar
ryan.hajjar@dos.nh.gov

Motor Vehicle Crash, I- 293 North on the Merrimack River Bridge

On February 14, 2019 at approximately 0730 hours, Trooper Ryan Hajjar responded to a report of a multi vehicle accident along I-293 north bound near the Merrimack River Bridge. Upon arrival, Trooper Hajjar determined that there were actually two separate three car crashes in the same area. Trooper Hajjar observed a 2014 Nissan Rogue resting on the bridge railing with significant damage. The preliminary investigation revealed that the operator of the Nissan Rogue, identified as Gilman Chamberlain, age 27, out of Raymond, NH, came upon traffic that had suddenly stopped for a separate three vehicle crash that had just occurred ahead of him. Chamberlain stated that he didn't realize traffic was stopping so abruptly and was unable to stop in time. Chamberlain's vehicle subsequently struck the back of another Nissan Rogue causing that Nissan Rogue to sideswipe a third vehicle.

Chamberlain complained of chest pain, he was attended to by Bedford Fire and EMS but was not transported to the hospital. The operator of the second Nissan Rogue involved was identified as Nancy Fraser, age 64, out of Manchester, NH. She was treated on scene by Bedford Fire and EMS and then transported to the Elliott Hospital for a head injury. The operator of the third vehicle was identified as Brianna Allard, age 40, out of Portsmouth, NH. She was uninjured.

The operators of the initial three vehicle crash were uninjured. At the same time that these two crashes were being investigated Troop B Troopers also responded to an additional three car crash that occurred along Route 101 west bound heading towards the Everett Turnpike. The operators of this crash were also not injured.

I-293 north bound in the area of the Merrimack River Bridge was completely shut down for approximately 45 minutes by Bedford Fire and the New Hampshire State Police. At approximately 0815 hours, the high speed and middle lanes were open for travel. At 0835 hours, all lanes were open. Initial investigation appears that regular congestion and following too closely were contributing factors to all three crashes. However, all aspects remain under investigation and anyone with information pertaining to each accident is urged to contact Trooper Ryan Hajjar at ryan.hajjar@dos.nh.gov.

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