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Victim in I-93 crash was from Concord 

Update, 4:18 p.m.: The state police have identified the victim of this morning's crash as 40-year-old Kerry Anderson-Baker of Concord, who was driving a 2008 Mazda CX-9 south on Interstate 93 when her car was struck by a wheel that came free from a tractor-trailer bearing a modular home.

The state police identified the driver of the truck as Allen Condon, 51, of Oakfield, Maine. Condon continued after losing a wheel, perhaps unaware he had done so, and was located in Newport, Maine, by the Maine state police. The home belonged to Crawford Homes of Houlton, Maine, the police said.

Look for a complete story on the accident in tomorrow's Monitor.

Update, 12:15 p.m.: The driver of the second vehicle struck by a wheel on I-93 this morning was killed in the incident, according to the state police.

Update: According to Lt. Nicole Armaganian of the state police, the crash originated on the southbound side of the highway when a wheel came off a vehicle and crossed the median to the northbound side, where it struck a state police cruiser. The trooper was uninjured, but another vehicle on the southbound side may also have been hit by the wheel. The condition of the occupant of that vehicle could not be confirmed.

"It's possible the tire came off a modular home," Armaganian said, adding that the driver of the modular home trailer may have been unaware of what had happened. "We don't have the modular home trailer right now," she said.

Update: What the state police are calling "a serious motor vehicle collision" near the state liquor store on Interstate 93 is affecting traffic on both sides of the highway.

"We are encouraging motorists in the area to please slow down as they approach (the) area and to move over and away from the blue lights in an effort to allow the troopers to concentrate on the scene," a press release from the state police said. "It would be most helpful if motorists can seek alternate routes before entering this area."

Any witnesses to this crash are asked to call State Police Troop D at 223-8496.

This tragedy could have been diverted had we maintained our railroads. Modular homes as well as other large oversized loads could be better and safely transported by rail vs tractor trailers. Especially given the fact that the manufacturers of manufactured homes and trailers use the cheapest tires and wheels on their houses since they are discarded once they are moved on site. It looks like better regs are needed to assure the public that the wheels used in the transportation can with stand the heavy weight and distances that they travel.

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