New Ipswich

Sleet leads to series of crashes

Vehicle goes off road into creek

Wintry weather mix was the cause of three accidents and a blocked road in New Ipswich on Monday morning.

Early on Monday morning, while driving on Ashby Road, near Goen Road, Heather Maillet, 28, of Leominster, Mass., lost control due to slippery road conditions, police said. Her Mitsubishi Outlander Sport left the roadway and landed in a ditch. Maillet was not injured. Her car was removed from the ditch by tow truck.

A little later in the morning, police responded to Binney Hill Road for another vehicle off the road. Reuben Aho, 31, of New Ipswich also slipped off the road due to weather conditions, and his Ford F150 left the roadway and drove into a small creek at the road’s edge. Aho was the only passenger, and was not injured in the crash. His car was removed via tow truck.

Police also responded to a third report of a car off the road at around 10 a.m. A female driver had gone off the road and become stuck in a snowbank at the Route 123 and Route 124 split. She was not injured and her vehicle sustained minimal damage. The driver declined police assistance, and awaited assistance from a friend.

Mason Road was closed for a portion of the morning, after a downed tree blocked the road. The tree was cleared by the New Ipswich Department of Public Works, and traffic was once again able to pass through the road by the end of the day.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ex. 244, or She’s on Twitter @AshleySaari.

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