Nov 25, 2015 11:44 AM

Police: Driver who overdoses at the wheel blamed for 4-car crash in Manchester Tuesday

MANCHESTER - A four-car domino-effect crash on Canal Street on Tuesday afternoon led to the arrest of one driver who apparently lost consciousness behind the wheel due to a drug overdose.

Police say Mark Rzasa, 51, of Hooksett, was treated by ambulance personnel with an opiate antagonist after he was found unconscious behind the wheel.

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He had been driving south on Canal Street when police say he crashed into the back of a car driven by Susan Newell, 56, of Goffstown. She in turn, ended up rear ending a third car, which hit a fourth stopped at the traffic light.

Several people were injured and taken to Elliott Hospital with neck and back pain. All but the last car was seriously damaged and had to be towed from the scene.

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Rzasa was charged with operating under the influence of liquor or drugs. He was issued a summons at Elliott Hospital.

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