Survivor of fatal I-93 crash in Windham still in hospital
December 24. 2017 9:58PM
UPDATE - WINDHAM - A Derry man critically injured when a tractor-trailer couldn’t stop on Interstate 93 due to ice and slammed into a car stopped in a traffic lane was listed in fair condition at Portsmouth Regional Hospital.
Nicholas Hadley, 19, was injured Saturday night on northbound I-93 after a friend pulled over on the icy highway to allow Hadley to take over behind the wheel, New Hampshire State Police said.
Hadley was in the process of switching places with Ashley St. Onge, 19, of Methuen, Mass., about 6:45 p.m. Saturday after she stopped in the right traffic lane because she was frightened by the conditions, according to state police.
The truck slammed into the 2004 Volvo S40 and continued through the guardrail and down a 100-foot embankment, state police said.
St. Onge was found on the embankment and rushed to Parkland Medical Center, where state police said she later died. Hadley was also taken to Parkland, then transferred to Portsmouth Regional Hospital.
Haley Wizboski, 18, of Methuen, who was a passenger in the Volvo, received minor injuries.
The right northbound lanes were closed for about three hours after the crash.
Full text of earlier update continues below.
Methuen woman killed in deadly I-93 wreck near Exit 3 in Windham
WINDHAM - A passenger who survived a fatal crash Saturday night with life-threatening injuries was listed in fair condition Sunday afternoon at Portsmouth Regional Hospital.
Black ice and slowing traffic are being blamed for a deadly accident on Interstate 93 northbound Saturday night.
A tractor trailer lost control on black ice as it braked for slowing traffic and struck a Volvo stopped in the right travel lane just south of the Exit 3 ramp about 6:45 p.m., according to New Hampshire State Police. The truck went through a guardrail, careened down an embankment and came to rest in a small, frozen water reservoir.
The driver of the Volvo, Ashley St. Onge, 19, of Methuen, Mass., was found on the embankment on the east side of the interstate, according to police.
"She was rushed to Parkland Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries," state police said.
Two passengers in the Volvo also were injured. Nicholas Hadley, 19, of Derry, sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to Parkland Medical Center and later to Portsmouth Regional Hospital, where he is now listed in fair condition. Haley Wizboski, 18, of Methuen, received minor injuries and was treated at Parkland.
According to the preliminary police investigation, St. Onge had pulled to the side off the highway when "she became frightened of the icy road conditions."
"As she switched positions with Hadley to allow him to drive, the tractor trailer unit came through and was unable to stop due to the slippery road conditions. [It] crashed into the Volvo with St. Onge and Hadley still outside the vehicle."
The accident, which closed the right lanes of I-93 for about 3 hours, remains under investigation. Police have yet to release the identity of the truck driver.
Anyone with information can contact Trooper E. Torrens at the New Hampshire State Police - Troop B at 603-223-4381.