A New Hampshire man was transported to the hospital with serious injuries after a three-vehicle crash on Spaulding Turnpike in Dover, police announced Saturday.

New Hampshire State Police said a serious crash occurred early Saturday morning that involved three separate vehicles and injured the three respective operators in the process.

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One man, identified as Leo Quirk, 64, of Effingham, was transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with serious injuries to his legs. The other two operators, Shinta Mambu, age 34, of Dover, and Jared Colbath, age 44, of Somersworth, were both transported to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover with minor injuries.

Police said Mambu was traveling southbound when the operator's Subaru lost control and collided with the guardrail on the right-hand side of the roadway near Exit 7 in Dover. Quirk then pulled his Chevrolet truck over and approached Mambu's vehicle to offer assistance, police said.

Moments later, a third vehicle, a Cadillac operated by Colbath, lost control and struck Quirk on the side of the road.

Police said all aspects of this crash remain under investigation, but it is believed road and weather conditions could have been contributing factors.

The road was closed for approximately 3 1/2 hours after the accident, police said. State troopers were assisted on the scene by Dover police among other first-responders.

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