MANCHESTER — An overnight snowstorm triggered more than 130 accidents on state roads, leaving one person dead.
There were 135 crashes reported between 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. Wednesday, Michael Todd, public information officer for the state Department of Safety, said Wednesday.
Todd confirmed one fatality but further details weren't immediately released.
A Department of Transportation plow truck struck an unoccupied Dover toll booth in the E-Z Pass lane on the Spaulding Turnpike around 5:25 a.m. The truck, driven by Kenneth Boston, 48, of Rochester, "was actively involved in snow and ice removal operations" when the truck's front plow struck the toll booth, which became dislodged from its base, State Police said. The left two northbound E-Z Pass lanes were closed for a short period. No one was injured.
Dozens of schools canceled or delayed classes Wednesday.
“Now, we’re in cleanup mode,” Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton said.
Pinkham Notch recorded 9.2 inches of snow as of Wednesday morning, according to a National Weather Service spotter. Wakefield notched 8 inches. There was 6.6 inches in Plymouth, 5.2 in Stratham and 5 in Bedford.
WMUR-TV listed more than 500 closings and delays.
Manchester and Bedford were among districts delaying school by two hours Wednesday.
Manchester police reported 16 crashes between 3 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The state has spent $37.4 million of its $57.3 million winter maintenance budget, Boynton said.
That’s about 65 percent of the budget for 56 percent of the winter maintenance calendar.
“In terms of expenditures, it’s tracking similar to the past few winters, but maybe a little ahead,” Boynton said.
Areas north of Concord have had repeated bouts of winter weather while southern areas have dealt with rounds of mixed precipitation.
“We’ve had a lot of those cold, melting, refreezing, mixed-precipitation situations just requiring crews endlessly chasing freezing conditions,” Boynton said.
The highway speed on the upper part of Interstate 89 remained lowered to 45 MPH on Wednesday morning.
Temperatures on Wednesday were forecast to hit 42 in Manchester and 37 in Berlin, according to the National Weather Service.
On Tuesday, State Police reported many crashes after the first snow was reported in the state at roughly 2 p.m.
The slippery conditions caused several minor accidents in southern New Hampshire by 4:30 p.m.
At about 3:30 p.m., the driver of a red Ford Focus with New Hampshire license plates lost control at the intersection of Union and Bridge streets in Manchester, colliding with a city fire truck that was responding to a case of carbon monoxide exposure in a nearby building.
The crash pinned the vehicle against a utility pole and required first responders to use Jaws of Life equipment to rescue the driver.
An AMR ambulance brought the driver to Catholic Medical Center for treatment.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the owner of the red car said on social media that no one was seriously hurt in the crash.
No firefighters were injured.
While the car was heavily damaged, the fire truck only had a dented front bumper.
Manchester police were investigating.
About 4 p.m., there was a multiple-car accident at the intersection of Route 101 West and Interstate 293 North.
Officials said none of the drivers in the four cars involved in the crash sought medical treatment.
Many school districts ended their day a few hours earlier than usual on Tuesday.
Perry Plummer, director of Homeland Security, said he hoped the early end to school might lower rush-hour traffic Tuesday night.
“Avoid travel if at all possible. If you have to travel, go slow, leave extra space between your vehicle and others on the road,” Plummer said Tuesday.