Snow Causes Crashes in New Hampshire, Maine and Connecticut

Police in New Hampshire said there were roughly 125 crashes due to the slippery road conditions


Snowy roads combined with the cold temperatures led to more than 100 crashes in New Hampshire, Maine and Connecticut on Friday morning.

In New Hampshire, accidents were reported on the Everett Turnpike in Merrimack and Nashua and on Interstate 93 in Concord. 

"It was timing, temperature and intensity," said William Boynton, spokesman for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

The Everett Turnpike north in the area of Exit 14 is closed due to a multiple-car accident, and speed limits on the Everett Turnpike, I-93 and I-89 were reduced to speed limits of 45 mph due to the road conditions.

New Hampshire State Police Lt. Jerome Maslan said there were about 125 crashes in all between 6 a.m. and noon. He said the accidents were due to the snowy roads and the cold weather, which made it difficult to treat the roads. He said there were multiple accidents on the Everett Turnpike, but not a 15-car pileup, as was originally reported.

Maslan said there were no serious injuries in any of the crashes. "We were lucky," he said.

Boynton said speed limits on all major corridors were temporarily reduced to 45 mph.

Numerous accidents were also reported in Connecticut. A car hit a police on Interstate 95 South near Exit 86, and there was a 2-car crash in the area of exits 89 and 88. Accidents were also reported on Route 2 in North Stonington, on Interstate 84 in Union, and on Route 9 in Cromwell.

Speeds on a section of the Maine Turnpike were also reduced due to the snow, and state police said they responded to dozens of crashes as motorists were caught by surprise by the morning snow. Interstate 295 in Yarmouth was shut down for a time on Friday morning in the northbound lanes for a number of vehicles off the road.

Around 8:30 a.m., a pickup and tanker truck collided on the Maine Turnpike in Arundel, with both vehicles ending up off the southbound lane into the tree line. The pickup was trying to pass the tanker truck at the time of the accident and wound up losing control. Both drivers suffered minor injuries and were transported to the hospital.

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