MEREDITH — I-93 northbound near Exit 23 was closed for about 90 minutes Wednesday when a disabled tractor trailer was struck by a second big rig and both erupted in flames.
Andre Cassidy, 61, of Windsor, Quebec, Canada, told police he sneezed, which caused him to veer the 2017 International he was driving across the fog line and smashing into the disabled truck stopped in the breakdown lane on the right side.
According to New Hampshire State Police, one person suffered minor injuries. When first responders arrived both trucks, each towing empty box trailers, were engulfed in flames.
The accident happened near mile marker 67.2, which is in Meredith, but within sight of the New Hampton town line.
The travel lane of the highway remained closed for several hours as firefighters worked to extinguish the fire that left the cab of one of the trucks completely charred.
Cassidy was issued a traffic citation for crossing a solid line. Police said the truck he was driving is owned by Division TM Transport of Thetford Mines, Quebec.
Traffic was diverted off I-93 at Exit 22 in Sanbornton as the highway was cleared of debris and fluids. A logging boom truck was brought in to pick up pieces of the heavily damaged big rigs.
State police were assisted at the scene by New Hampton and Sanbornton police, the New Hampton, Sanbornton and Franklin fire departments, the N.H. Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Services.