Mainer identified as woman killed in crashes on I-95

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A woman from Maine was killed in one of two crashes on Interstate 95 in Hampton Falls on Sunday night, according to state police.

Siow Chang, 56, of Falmouth, was driving a Honda CR-V involved in the crash.

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State police said that it appears that around 8 p.m., the Honda CR-V was stopped on the side of the highway headed northbound when it was struck from behind by a pickup truck. The CR-V crossed the median and went into the southbound side, hitting a cargo van, which in turn hit a small SUV.

The pickup truck was being driven by Eero Ruuttila, 67, of Morrill. Liana Eastman, 66, of Morrill, was a passenger in the truck, police said.

Both were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The northbound and southbound crashes occurred near mile marker 3.4. The road was closed for several hours.

Chang was pronounced dead at the scene. Four other people involved in the crashes were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said there were challenges in dealing with the large scene.

“Just the scope of the scene itself, dealing with both the northbound and southbound traffic and the amount of backup it caused,” said Sgt. Tom Conlon, of state police. “We do expect the scene to be ongoing for about another hour or so.”

Investigators said it appears Ruuttila was unable to avoid the collision due to traffic in the road, they said.

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