December 31, 2010

Three hurt in five-car I-93 crash

 LONDONDERRY -- A five car collision halted rush-hour traffic on Interstate 93 Thursday evening, sending three victims to a local hospital and bringing the flow of commuter vehicles to a grinding halt. Shortly before 5 p.m., Londonderry police and fire personnel responded to reports of a multi-vehicle accident in the northbound stretch of the busy highway, between Exits 4 and 5, Londonderry Fire Captain Fred Heinrich said last night.
According to Heinrich, a section of the highway was closed to traffic for about five minutes, as four rescue vehicles from Londonderry arrived on the scene. The Derry Fire Department provided mutual aid.
A single lane remained
 closed for another half-hour as paramedics transported three victims to the Elliot Hospital in Manchester. Heinrich said the victims’ injuries were non-life-threatening, though all three reportedly were treated for neck and back pain following the collision.
The names of the victims weren’t available at press time.
Though the incident remains under investigation, Heinrich said the abrupt slowing of traffic in that area is believed to have contributed to the crash. 
                                                                 -- UNION LEADER CORRESPONDENT APRIL GUILMET

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