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One man dead after convertible found overturned in water in Barnstead

  • An unidentified man died following a rollover crash into a stream in Barnstead on Wednesday. Courtesy



Monitor staff
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

One man is dead after his convertible crashed and landed on its roof in a water-filled ditch in Barnstead. 

Police chief Paul Poirier said he and another officer received a call about an overturned vehicle at 9:30 Wednesday morning on Peacham Road. 

“There's a curve at the top of the hill,” Poirier said. “It appears this car was driving down the hill, crossed over into the other lane, struck a mail box and then ended up in the ditch.”

When police arrived, they found a 2008 Chrysler Sebring submerged in two feet of water from a nearby culvert. 

Police aren’t sure how long the car was there before someone saw and reported the crash. 

Emergency personnel smashed the driver’s side window and were able to pull the driver out. Police said rescue personnel immediately began CPR on the middle-aged man, who was then transported to Concord Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Both Barnstead and Gilmanton fire and rescue squads aided police. 

Poirier said the victim has still not been positively identified, and an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday. Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.

“I'm not sure if it was a medical condition or if it was the condition of the road,” Poirier said. He added that his department responded to another crash Wednesday due to slipperly roadways. 

(Elodie Reed can be reached at 369-3306, ereed@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @elodie_reed.)