SALEM, N.H. ֱ A Haverhill man has been identified as the motorist killed in last weekֱs fatal crash on Interstate 93, New Hampshire state police reported.

Police said Jermaine Adams, 48, of Haverhill, was the driver in the car hit from behind during evening commute and was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Thursday, Feb. 1 at about 4:25 p.m., an SUV failed to slow down for heavy traffic near the Massachusetts state line on Interstate 93 south and rear-ended Adamsֱ vehicle.

The driver of the speeding SUV has been identified as William Russel, 59, of Merrimack, New Hampshire.

Based on roadway evidence and witness statements, New Hampshire State Police said Russelֱs 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV didnֱt slow down in heavy commuter traffic to avoid crashing into Adamsֱ car near the 0.2 mile marker.

The two-vehicle crash closed the southbound lanes of the highway near the state line for about three hours as emergency workers tended to the injured and cleaned up the crash scene.

Salem Fire was dispatched to the crash at 4:25 p.m. On arrival, firefighters found two vehicles, one rear-ended, with significant damage, said Battalion Chief Corey Ward.

Firefighters attempted life-saving measures on Adams, but he succumbed to his injuries at the scene, state police said.

Russel sustained significant injuries, according to Ward.

The crash left vehicle debris strewn across all three lanes of the highway, Ward said, forcing the New Hampshire State Police to shut down the highway. The result was traffic backups for miles although some motorists were lucky enough to be diverted onto Exit 1.

Salem Fireֱs Team 1 and Ward requested aid from a Windham ambulance while Salem had one ambulance available.

Motorists reported being at a standstill for at least three hours on the highway following the accident. Southbound traffic stuck in-between exits was eventually routed onto the northbound side, state police said.

Two lanes opened around 8:30 p.m., police reported.

State troopers were assisted by the New Hampshire State Police collision analysis and reconstruction unit and New Hampshire Department of Transportation to process the crash scene.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information should contact Trooper Madelynn Davis at 603-451-9782

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