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Traffic accidents in Bow, Manchester cause significant delays

An overturned propane tanker truck knocked down a telephone pole and blocked White Rock Hill Road in Bow for hours yesterday.

A dispatcher at the Bow Fire Department said the truck rolled onto its side early yesterday afternoon near the intersection of White Rock Hill and Bow Center roads, and emergency crews had to cut power to the surrounding area to remove the propane tank safely.

The dispatcher did not know whether anyone had been injured in the accident.

About the same time yesterday, a tractor-trailer unit pulling a propane tanker became stuck on the snowy shoulder of Interstate 293 north on the Manchester-Hooksett line, causing traffic delays and requiring extensive rerouting of northbound and southbound traffic for at least several hours.

Authorities asked drivers to seek alternate routes.

The police evacuated people living in several Front Street homes and in the Stonyview Way Condominium complex as a precaution. They were allowed back into their homes about 2 p.m.

The operation to get the propane tanker back on the road north of Exit 7 was expected to last at least three hours. The police said the tanker unit was intact and no leaks were detected.

I-293 southbound was closed after the Hooksett tolls at the I-293/93 split and all traffic was directed to I-93 southbound. I-293 northbound was closed at Exit 6; traffic crossed the Merrimack River Bridge and head north on US 3. Route 3A was closed.

(Megan Doyle can be reached at 369-3321 or or on Twitter @megan_e_doyle. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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