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A wrecker crew works to get a tractor-trailer back onto Interstate 89 after it skidded off the road in Grantham Monday morning. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Route 89 southbound reopened after tractor-trailer skids off highway


GRANTHAM - New Hampshire State Police troopers closed Interstate 89 southbound at Exit 14 for approximately one hour Monday morning while a tractor-trailer unit was removed from the median.

Police issued a release just after noon stating the road was reopened.

The trailer was loaded with 17,000 pounds of doors, according to police, and skidded off the highway to avoid hitting some other vehicles.

State police said they were helping Grantham police about 8:20 a.m. in removing several vehicles from the road. The right lane was shut down while a tow truck worked to remove a vehicle from a snow bank. Grantham fire personnel were also on the scene.

At that time, Corey Ober, 21, of Ohio was driving a 2013 Kenworth tractor trailer on the same stretch of road when he lost traction. State police said Ober was able to avoid colliding with the other vehicles by steering to the left.

However, that resulted in the tractor trailer sliding off the left shoulder and ending up in a snow bank.

No one was injured, the truck was not damaged, and the load was not compromised, state police said.

Interstate 89, however, was shut down while Patten's Heavy Duty Wrecker Co. removed the truck and trailer.

Traffic was detoured off Exit 14 to Route 10 and then back onto I-89 at Exit 13.

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