Several injured in multi-car accident

Crash closes Route 286 in Seabrook

SEABROOK — Four adults and a 4-year-old child were transported to area hospitals last night after a three-car accident closed portions of Route 286 in Seabrook and Salisbury for hours.

According to Seabrook police Sgt. Robert Granlund, the accident took place at the intersection of Route 286 and Marshview Road in Seabrook.

He said a black Toyota with Massachusetts plates was heading east on Route 286 and attempting to turn left into Marshview Road when it collided with a tan Ford Focus with New Hampshire plates that was heading west on Route 286.

“The impact spun the Toyota around a number of times and the driver was ejected, landing on the roadway,” Granlund said at the scene. “The passenger in the Toyota was trapped and had to be extricated by Seabrook firefighters. Both were transported to the hospital.”

The two women and a 4-year-old in a rear car seat in the Focus were also transported to the hospital.

The victims’ names were not released last night at the accident scene. The degree of their injuries was not known last night, although air bags on both vehicles had deployed and both cars sustained heavy damage, with the Toyota especially damaged.

A third vehicle, an SUV that was following the Focus west on Route 286 and was also involved in the accident, sustained minor damage, Granlund said. A young couple with a small child were in the SUV, but the car was able to be driven from the scene and no injuries were reported, he said.

Seabrook officer David Hersey and Sgt. John Wasson were first on the scene after the call was received at the police station at about 6:30 last night. Hersey found the driver of the Toyota on the road unconscious, but all other victims were awake and speaking.

Granlund said ambulances were called to the scene from Hampton, Amesbury and Seabrook. Salisbury police Sgt. Chuck Scione and officer James Leavitt provided mutual aid to help control traffic, closing off Route 286 at its intersection with Route 1 in Salisbury.

Granlund said an accident reconstruction team may be called in as part of the investigation, which was only just beginning.

Preliminary evidence indicated alcohol may not have been involved, Granlund said, but it is too soon to know if speed was a factor. The portion of Route 286 where the collision took place is zoned for speeds of 50 miles per hour, he said.