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Man Killed in 3-car Rte. 3 Crash

June 10, 2018

CHELMSFORD -- State Police are investigating an early morning three-car accident in Chelmsford, which left a Hudson, New Hampshire man dead.

At around 1:24 a.m., Andover Barracks troopers responded to the crash on Route 3 near exit 32.

Based on a preliminary investigation, police determined that a 2016 Volkswagen Jetta operated by Christopher Thompson, 38, of Nashua, New Hampshire, rear-ended a 1996 Toyota Camry in the middle lane. The Camry was operated by a 63-year-old Hudson, New Hampshire man. Thompson was reportedly under the influence of alcohol at the time.

“Following the impact the Jetta became disabled in the middle lane and the rear-ended Camry came to rest across the right lane and the breakdown lane, perpendicular to the direction of travel,” the release read.

Then, a 2006 Jeep Cherokee, operated by a 28-year-old Lowell man, traveling northbound on Route 3, crashed into the Camry after swerving to the right to avoid striking the Jetta.

The Hudson man who operated the Camry was transported to Lowell General Hospital, where he died from his injuries. Police did not release his identity. The other two vehicle operators sustained minor injuries and were treated on scene.

“State Police have charged Thompson with operating under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and a state highway traffic violation,” the release read. “Charges could be upgraded based on the results of the continuing investigation.”

Thompson’s bail has been set to $5,000 cash and he will be arraigned in Lowell District Court this week. The continuing investigation will also determine if the Lowell man operating the Cherokee will be charged.

The accident is being investigated by Massachusetts State Police Troop A, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, State Police Crime Scene Services Section and Middlesex County’s State Police Detective Unit.

State Police said no further information on the accident would be released Sunday.

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