Three cars including one that rolled over onto its side closed down Route 101 in Hampton during the Thursday afternoon commute.

State Police said that a preliminary investigation showed the driver of a car lost control in the eastbound lanes around 4:20, and hit a second vehicle while flipping on its side. The second vehicle made minor contact with a third vehicle, according to police.

The eastbound lanes were closed for about 15 minutes until traffic could get by in the breakdown lane.

The driver of the first car was taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, according to police.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation, but police do not suspect drugs or alcohol played a role.

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