Rt. 101 crash injures 2, causes chain-reaction during a.m. commute

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CONCORD, NH — On Dec.  12, 2019 at approximately 7:50 a.m., NHS Police received a report of a motor vehicle collision on Route 101 eastbound in Exeter.  

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1995 Peterbilt tractor-trailer, being operated by Jean Martin, 70, of Sandown, was traveling eastbound on Route 101.  As traffic slowed, the trailer portion of his vehicle was struck in the rear by a 2010 Subaru Forester driven by Ashley Gendreau, 28, of Manchester.

Traffic on this section of roadway (Exit 12) typically slows as heavy commuter traffic approaches the Interstate 95 exit.  Both Martin and Gendreau were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

As a result of this collision, increased traffic congestion contributed to a separate five vehicle collision just west of the initial incident.  This collision was relatively minor in nature and resulted in no injuries.

Troopers were forced to close this section of roadway and divert traffic around both incidents by using the exit #12 on and off-ramps.  This closure lasted approximately one hour.  

State Police from Troop A were assisted by the State Police-Troop G Commercial Motor Carrier Enforcement Section, The Exeter Police Department, The Exeter Fire Department, and the Hampton Fire Department.  

This collision is being investigated by Trooper Erik Willett of the New Hampshire State Police/Troop A. 

Anyone that may have further information related to this incident is asked to contact Trooper Willett at 603-223-8490, or via email at erik.willett@dos.nh.gov.