Two New Hampshire State Police troopers were injured on Monday morning while responding to snow-related accidents on Interstate 95 south in Portsmouth on Monday morning.
Trooper Scott Garton was completing an accident investigation on I-95 around 7:50 a.m. when a second vehicle, driven by Kathleen Shippy, 64, of Kittery, Maine, lost control and veered toward him in the breakdown lane. Garton attempted to get out of the way, but was hit by the side of the vheicle and pinned between it and his cruiser.
Fortunately, the collission was not at high speed and Garton suffered only minor injuries to his hips and legs.
About 20 minutes later, state police Sgt. Steven Cooper, who responded to the crash with Garton, was sitting in his cruiser in the breakdown lane, to the rear of Shippy's vehicle, when he was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Toby MacGrath, 46, of Bowdoinham, Maine. Cooper suffered injuries to his back.
Both Garton and Cooper were treated at Portsmouth Regional Hospital and later released. The other drivers were not injured.
Monday's snowfall caused numerous other accidents and slide-offs across New England on Monday morning.
Elsewhere in New Hampshire, there was a plow truck rollover on Interstate 93 in Canterbury, crashes on I-93 in Londonderry and Manchester, and a report of a car into a pole in Stratham.
A multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 495 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, caused delays in both directions early Monday morning. Another accident was reported on Route 128 in Beverly.
There were also a couple of tractor-trailer crashes on Interstate 84 in Tolland, Connecticut, on both sides of the highway. One truck that crashed was carrying frozen meat. Accidents were also reported on Route 9 and Interstate 91.
In Maine, slide-offs were reported across the state, including a school bus that went off the road in Buxton.