Spring sleet leads to crashes
A late burst of winter weather made for a difficult morning commute for drivers on Monday, resulting in several minor accidents.
In Peterborough, road conditions deteriorated quickly on Monday morning, according to Police Chief Scott Guinard. Four vehicles went off the roads between 5 and 7 a.m., but no one was injured. Two of the accidents were on the stretch of Route 101 over Temple Mountain. A car skidded off the road near Old Mountain Road at 5:05 a.m. and was pulled back on with no damage. A second vehicle rolled over in the same area at 6 a.m. Peterborough police also responded for cars off the road in Sharon at 6:45 a.m. and on Route 124 in Jaffrey at 6:50 a.m.
Weather was also the direct cause of an accident in Wilton. At 6:44 a.m., on Route 101 near Brookside Mobil, a 2002 Jeep Liberty driven by Virginia Iannicci, 59, of Wilton was westbound on Route 101 when Iannicci lost control due to the icy and slushy conditions, according to Wilton Police Chief Brent Hautanen. Iannicci’s vehicle crossed into the opposite lane and was hit by a 2010 Toyota Camry driven by Vincent Tom, 54, of Keene, who was traveling east on 101. Both vehicles received extensive damage and were towed from the scene. Tom was transported to Monadnock Community Hospital with minor injuries.
A second accident also occurred Monday while the roads were covered in slush, said Hautanen, but police are attributing the accident to driver inattention, and not road conditions. While at the intersection of Route 31 South and Route 101, Neil Rousseau, 26, of New Ipswich was waiting to turn right onto Route 101 in his 2013 Ford Fiesta when his vehicle was struck from behind by a 2006 Dodge pickup truck driven by Bradley Mayes, 49, of New Ipswich.
Rousseau’s vehicle had extensive rear-end damage, and Mayes’ vehicle had minor front-end damage. Both were driven from the scene. Rousseau reported receiving minor injuries at the scene, but declined to be transported to the hospital for treatment.
The New Ipswich Police Department reported three accidents due to weather-related conditions by early on Monday afternoon, but were unable to release accident information by press time.