EPPING, NH – On March 31, 2015, at approximately 9:20 p.m., Troopers assigned to the New Hampshire State Police Troop A barracks responded to a report of a multi- vehicle accident on Route 101 eastbound approximately ¼ mile west of Exit 7, in Epping, New Hampshire. Upon arrival, Troopers encountered multiple vehicles in various portions of the paved roadway to include the breakdown lane.
Preliminary investigation revealed that Unit #1, a 1997 Nissan Maxima, being operated by Antonio Rivera, 30 of Raymond, New Hampshire, suffered a rear tire malfunction while traveling eastbound in lane #1. As a result, Rivera slowed and pulled into the breakdown lane and stopped. As this occurred, traffic quickly slowed. Subsequently, Unit #2, a 2012 Honda Civic, being operated by Jordan Strand, 23, of Newmarket, quickly changed lanes from lane #2 to lane #1. While doing so, Unit #2 struck the rear of Unit #3, a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, being operated by Georgiana Alcus, 45, of Manchester. The impact caused Unit #3 to spin, strike the guardrail, and come to final rest in the breakdown lane. Unit #2 also struck the guardrail, bounced off, and came to final rest facing east in the middle of Route 101. Unit #4, a 2003 Honda Element, being operated by Robert Babyak, 43, of Hampton, New Hampshire, was also traveling eastbound in lane #2. Unit #4 struck Unit #2, then struck the guardrail and came to final rest facing east in lane #2.
Both Strand and Alcus were transported by Epping Fire / EMS, to the Exeter Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries. Babyak also sustained minor injuries, but was not transported.
Due to the placement of the vehicles in the roadway, both lane #2 and a portion of lane #1 was shut down for approximately fifty minutes while the crash was investigated and the vehicles were removed from the roadway. Traffic continued to flow through the area of the crash via the breakdown lane.
The New Hampshire State Police were assisted at the scene by members of the Epping Police Department, the Epping Fire Department and the Brentwood Police Department.
The cause of this crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact Trooper George Sanborn, New Hampshire State Police, Troop-A, at (603)223-8490.