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December 26. 2013 12:46PM

Icy highways lead to multiple crashes; jackknifed truck closes I-89 southbound

A jack-knifed tractor-trailer shut down a section of Interstate 89 south in Hopkinton on Thursday afternoon, one of dozens of accidents reported around the state on a busy day for post-Christmas shopping.
State police reported the tractor-trailer accident happened just before 1:30 p.m. between exits 3 and 4 in Hopkinton.
"No vehicles can get by," Lt. Nicole Armaganian said.
The highway reopened around 2:45 p.m., she said.
Armaganian said state police alone received reports of more than 30 vehicles involved in accidents or sliding off the road in a two- to three-hour period.
"People are going too fast for road conditions," she said, noting snow had made stretches of highway slippery.
Around 2 p.m, two vehicles were involved in a crash near Exit 8 on the Spaulding Turnpike in Dover, resulting in minor injuries, she said.
State Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton said traveling was difficult in parts of the state.
"Our Transportation Management Center says state police are reporting numerous spinouts and vehicles off the roads at various locations across the state," he said in an email. "Trouble spots have included I-89, I-93 just north of Concord, and NH 25 in Moultonborough. Roads are snow covered with wet and black conditions on the tire paths. NHDOT crews are out plowing and treating state-maintained roads across the state."
In the late morning, a five-vehicle crash tied up traffic between I-93 southbound between Exits 15 and 17 in Concord, Armaganian said.
The lower part of I-89 to around Exit 7 and 8 in the Warner area also had multiple vehicles off the road, she said.
James Brown, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, said a small coastal storm generally dropped around an inch of snow in New Hampshire by mid-afternoon.
"I imagine the warm tires are melting that snow and it's refreezing" on roadways, Brown said.More snow might be in the offing this weekend.
"The (computer) models are indicating it's a pretty big storm," Brown said, adding it was still too early to say with certainty whether the storm will strike the region.
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State police were responding to more than a dozen accidents on icy highways Thursday, including a reported jack-knifed trailer blocking all southbound lanes of Interstate 89 in Hopkinton.

State police were responding to a reported tractor-trailer jacknifing between exits 3 and 4 around 1:40 p.m. Police reported that I-89 southbound is completely shut down until the vehicle can be removed. Travelers are asked to prepare for delays or plan for possible alternate travel routes into the early evening hours.

"No vehicles can get by," Lt. Nicole Armaganian said.

"Tell people to stay off the roadways," on sections of interstates 89 and 93, she said.

"People are going too fast for road conditions," she said, noting snow has made sections slippery.

"We are dealing with multiple vehicles off the road and multiple crashes on 93, north of the Hooksett tolls to about Exit 19-20ish," she said.
Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton said the state Transportation Management Center is reporting that state police are seeing numerous spin-outs and vehicles off the roads at various locations across the state. The trouble spots have included I-89, I-93 just north of Concord, and NH 25 in Moultonborough, according to Boynton.
"The roads are snow covered with wet and black conditions on the tire paths," Boynton said. "NHDOT crews are out plowing and treating state-maintained roads across the state."

A reported five-vehicle crash occurred between I-93 southbound between Exits 15 and 17 in Concord, she said.

The lower part of I-89 to about Exit 7 and 8 in the Warner area also have multiple vehicles off the road, Armaganian said.
No serious injuries were reported.



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