An accident that occurred Monday afternoon on the Spaulding Turnpike in Dover involving many vehicles, one of which was a tractor-trailer, resulted in the death of one individual.
After the collision that occurred between exits 6 and 7, the Spaulding Turnpike was closed in its entirety on the northbound side, and one of the lanes in the southbound direction was also closed.
At approximately 4:45 in the afternoon, state police advised motorists to avoid the area and informed them that the road would remain closed for several more hours. The last of the crews left just before 10 o’clock. The identity of the victim has not been made public at this time.
According to officials with the Dover fire department, a tractor-trailer that was headed south on the Spaulding Turnpike crossed the median and into the northbound lanes, where it collided with two vehicles. In an effort to escape being involved in a collision with the tractor-trailer, another vehicle collided with the guardrail. The fatality occurred with the driver of one of the first automobiles to be struck.
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The driver of the tractor-trailer was identified by the police as Pedro Ivan Ortiz Andino, who is 29 years old and lives in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
Andino, along with an individual who was a passenger in one of the other vehicles, was transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries that were not deemed to be life-threatening. Two people who were riding in one of the automobiles were checked over by emergency medical technicians, but they were not transported to a hospital.
The inquiry into what caused the accident is still going on right now. A diesel fuel spill of approximately 110 gallons was being worked on by environmental crews to be contained.
The state police have stated that the crash is still being investigated, and they have not provided any indication as to whether or not any charges have been brought at this time. State police are asking anyone who may have seen the collision to get in touch with them.