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Photo of Overpacked Van in New Hampshire Goes Viral



    Police Stop Dangerously Overpacked Minivan

    Drivers were in disbelief after seeing photos of a minivan packed with several feet of stuff on the roof and behind.

    (Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017)

    A New Hampshire driver was pulled over for having a hastily-packed vehicle, and now photos of the driver’s stuff packed several feet over the roof are being shared all over the internet. 

    It all happened during the Wednesday morning commute when concerned drivers started calling police as they witnessed the van driving northbound on I-93 in Londonderry.

    The photos have drivers in disbelief.

    "A picture says a thousand words," T.J. Boucher, a Hudson resident, said. "What moron goes down the street thinking that’s acceptable?"

    A New Hampshire state police trooper said the driver was traveling with a dresser, a bicycle, a rake, a shovel, a 32-inch television, a ladder, a shopping cart and plenty more – all strapped to the outside of his vehicle.

    "I'd get the hell off the road myself! I wouldn’t even get near a car like that," said Windham resident, Peter Noel.

    "I would be blowing my horn letting them know, calling the police– it’s like, that’s so wrong," said Judith Kierstead, of Tewksbury, Massachusetts.

    Others drivers started snapping photos and posting to Facebook, sparking a social media frenzy.

    "I couldn’t believe my eyes, reminded me of a cartoon," one woman wrote online.

    "The Grinch’s sleigh comes to mind as it barrels downhill full of goodies," wrote another user.

    So many online users referenced the Beverly Hillbillies.

    But not everyone is finding the humor in it.

    "It’s not as funny as it looks," Ralph Cinelli, of Derry, said.

    Troopers are warning other drivers on over-packing their vehicles. 

    "It's only humorous because they’re lucky something else didn’t happen," Kevin Kierstead said. 

    State police had the vehicle towed, taken off the highway, before this unusual trip took a tragic turn for the worst.

    "All that could fall off and hit someone and someone could die," Rebecca McMahon, of Manchester, said.

    The driver, from Belmont, New Hampshire, was cited for negligent driving.

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