Newmarket woman, 26, dead in fatal Route 101 crash in Exeter

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Aftermath of fatal crash on Route 101 in Exeter that claimed a young woman's life.
Aftermath of fatal crash on Route 101 in Exeter that claimed a young woman’s life.

EXETER, NH – A Newmarket woman was killed when her car crashed on Route 101 Wednesday morning. Investigators are looking into whether speed and cell phone use may have been contributing factors, police said.

New Hampshire State Police issued a report on the crash, which happened at approximately 11:34 a.m., when Troopers responded to a report of single motor vehicle accident on Route 101 eastbound in Exeter.

Based on preliminary investigation, State Police say a 2006 Hyundai Elantra, driven by Janelle Jordan, 26, of Newmarket, was traveling eastbound on Route 101 near Exit 9. The Elantra for some reason went off the left side of the roadway and struck the guardrail before going  airborne and colliding with a second guardrail over the access road to the Conner Farm Wildlife Management Area.

The vehicle came to a final rest in the median between Route 101 eastbound and westbound. Ms. Jordan was pronounced dead at the scene.

The left travel lanes of Route 101 eastbound and westbound were closed for approximately two hours as Troopers worked at the scene. All aspects of this accident are being investigated, including an independent report of excessive speed and the use of a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. No other vehicles were involved.

The New Hampshire State Police were assisted at the scene by members of the Exeter Police Department, the Exeter Fire Department, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

This accident remains under investigation by Trooper Harrison Walters. Anyone with information pertaining to this accident is asked to call Trooper Walters/NH State Police/Troop A at 603-223-8490

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