Multiple crashes reported as freezing rain snarls traffic in New Hampshire

  • Rescue workers clear I-89 North in Concord following an early morning crash. NICK STOICO—Monitor staff

  • Rescue workers clear I-89 North in Concord following an early morning crash. NICK STOICO—Monitor staff

  • Rescue workers clear I-89 North in Concord following an early morning crash. NICK STOICO / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 12/28/2018 10:16:45 AM

Drivers in the capital region and across the state woke up to a challenging commute Friday morning.

Freezing rain came down over the Granite State in the early hours of the day, causing treacherous driving conditions that led to multiple crashes on the state’s highways.

A major crash involving multiple cars and tractor trailers on Interstate 89 in Concord closed the northbound side of the highway and slowed traffic for several hours. Traffic moved slowly through the breakdown lane passing the scene of the wreck, which occurred in the left lane and into the median.

State police say three tractor trailers had jack-knifed and crashed, blocking all northbound lanes of traffic between Exits 2 and 3 in Concord shortly before 7 a.m. Three cars were also involved, as well as a large box truck. Nobody was injured, police said in a press release. Police say icy road conditions caused the crash and no enforcement action was taken against any of the drivers.

The northbound lanes were totally closed for more than 90 minutes as police directed traffic off of the interstate at Exit 2. Responders eventually opened the breakdown lane for drivers to pass. The left lane stayed closed for several hours while the fuel spill was cleaned up and a fully loaded tractor trailer was unloaded and removed. Concord’s police and fire departments, as well as the Department of Transportation, assisted state police.

Road conditions were expected to improve later Friday. Saturday’s forecast for the Concord area is partial sunshine and breezy with temperatures in the mid-40s.

State police said they had responded to some 88 crashes and spin-outs as of 11:30 a.m. Friday.

In a Facebook post, the department shared a few tips to help drivers navigate dangerous road conditions: make sure your gas tank is full; drive the speed limit, or slow down when weather warrants it; stay alert; allow enough room between yourself and the vehicle ahead of you, including plow trucks; allow yourself enough time to get to your destination safely; use caution when passing another vehicle.

(Nick Stoico can be reached at 369-3321, nstoico@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @NickStoico.)


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