EDITOR'S NOTE: This report was updated 10/2/22 with additional information and pictures.

An SUV went off Interstate 95 early Saturday morning and into a river below.

The southbound vehicle went into the median, became airborne, and landed on the passenger side between the overpasses in the Taylor River around 12:55 a.m., according to Hampton Fire Rescue and New Hampshire State Police. A female was removed from inside the heavily damaged vehicle and taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

State Police said the woman's seatbelt is believed to have saved her from serious injury.

Car that went off I-95 in Hampton and into the Taylor River 10/1/22
Car that went off I-95 in Hampton and into the Taylor River 10/1/22 (NH State Police)

The state Department of Environmental Services was notified due to possible contamination of the water.

An initial investigation has determined speed and distracted driving were factors in the crash. Police did not disclose the identity of the driver or if any summons were issued.

Witnesses to the crash are asked to call State Police at 603-223-4381.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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