Snowy roads send many drivers sliding yesterday
For hours yesterday, roadways in and around the capital region became scenes of sliding vehicles, crumpled fenders and all-out gridlock, as drivers tried – many unsuccessfully – to maneuver through snowy conditions.
The state and local police said they responded to numerous accidents resulting from the slippery pavement, though as of late afternoon, there appeared to be no serious injuries. Interstate 89 in Hopkinton shut down entirely for about three hours after a tractor trailer jackknifed, blocking all southbound lanes. The truck was cleared from the scene by about 4:30 p.m., officials said.
Lt. John Thomas of the Concord police attributed the high volume of accidents to a combination of bad weather and unprepared drivers.
“People didn’t expect it to be as icy as it got,” he said.