One driver died and three other individuals were hospitalized with various injuries Monday afternoon as a result of a three-car collision that shut down Route 202 in Barrington for several hours.
Barrington Police Chief Bob Williams said at the scene that the driver succumbed to his injuries after being transported to an undisclosed local hospital. Later Monday evening, Williams identified the man as Joseph Fiorito, 49, of Ossipee.
Fiorito’s name was initially withheld so police could notify his family.
At least one of the other injured individuals suffered serious injuries that could be life threatening, Barrington Fire Chief Rick Walker said at the scene. Updated condition information for that individual and the other two individuals injured the in collision wasn’t available Monday evening.
Walker said two of the individuals had to be extricated from their vehicles.
The collision occurred in front of Ayers Lake Farm Campground at 497 Washington St. around 12:23 p.m. Monday, according to Walker. The cause of the accident was still under investigation Monday evening.
Williams said preliminary investigative findings indicate the collision occurred when a black pickup truck heading east toward Rochester collided with another black pickup truck and a white sedan, both of which were heading west toward Concord.
Williams said Fiorito was driving one of the black pickups, although information about which truck was his wasn’t immediately available Monday evening.Around 6 p.m. Sunday, Barrington police charged Fiorito with driving under the influence after the department received a report of him driving the same the black pickup “all over the road” on Route 125 from Lee into Barrington, according to Williams.
Fiorito was released on personal recognizance bail following Sunday’s arrest. He was out on bail at the time of Monday’s collision on Route 202.
While releasing this information in a text message, Williams didn’t indicate whether alcohol could have played a role in Monday’s collision. He couldn’t immediately be reached for additional comment due to Monday night’s Barrington Board of Selectmen meeting.
A med flight was initially requested to transport one of the individuals injured in Monday’s collision, however Walker said authorities at the scene were notified the helicopter couldn’t fly due to the weather.
According to the owners of the campground, no one there witnessed the collision, but they heard the impact. The owners, along with employees of the campground, declined to discuss what happened after they went outside to check on the injured parties, stating they were shaken by what occurred Monday afternoon.
Walker said campground employees and passing motorists attempted to provide assistance to the injured individuals prior to first responders’ arrival, Walker said. Walker and Williams thanked those individuals for those efforts.
Route 202 was closed for hours while authorities were on scene Monday. Strafford County’s accident reconstruction team spent several hours Monday afternoon investigating the crash.
According to Walker, roughly 6,500 vehicles travel Route 202 a day. Williams and bystanders at the scene said it’s common for vehicles to travel at a high rate of speed along the roadway.
Several mutual aid crews responded to the scene in addition to Barrington, including the Rochester Fire Department, Strafford Fire Department, Northwood Fire Department, Frisbie Memorial Hospital EMS and McGregor Memorial EMS.