Crashes in wake of storm

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, December 11, 2017 5:36PM

While the snow didn’t pile up on Saturday, it caused enough deterioration of road conditions to cause multiple accidents and cars off the road throughout the afternoon.

“The roads were in terrible condition,” said Peterborough Police Chief Scott Guinard. 

Peterborough only had one serious accident on Saturday afternoon, the first call they responded to after the snow started to fly, at about 12:36 p.m. It happened on Route 101, crossing Temple Mountain, which would prove to be a problem spot the next few hours, said Guinard.

Angela Morando, 18, of Derry, was traveling east on Route 101 in her 2006 Toyota Corolla, and the vehicles in front of her were slowing and stopping. Morando was not able to stop in time and slid her vehicle into the back of a 2001 Honda CRV driven by Collin Titus, 20, of Mont Vernon. Morando’s vehicle had to be towed from the scene with heavy front-end damage, but Titus was able to drive his vehicle from the scene under its own power. 

While the only major accident on that road that day, said Guinard, many drivers slid off the road or were unable to make it over the peak of the road, getting stuck.

“They lost track eventually,” he said, of how many cars his officers had seen that went off the road on Temple Mountain. “There was about a dozen vehicles.”

Police made the decision to close the road for more than an hour in the early afternoon while they waited for state highway crews to come and  treat the road.

State roads were also the location of two other problem spots for Peterborough: At 3:50 p.m., police called for state highway to treat Greenfield Road. And other than Temple Mountain, police were called to two cars that went off the road on Route 202, one just south of Monadnock Plaza and the other on Route 202 North. There were no damages in those cases.

“The problem road for us was primarily Route 101 at Temple Mountain,” said Guinard. “The conditions up there were just horrible.”

A portion of Mountain Road in Jaffrey was also shut down for about a half hour on Saturday after police responded to assist several vehicles that slid off the road due to icy road conditions, according to reports provided by Jaffrey police. The road was reopened after it was plowed. 

Jaffrey police also responded to three accident on Saturday: a roll over on Great Road, a two-vehicle accident on Peterborough Street, and a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Hillcrest Road and Turnpike Road. 

The only injury reported in the three accidents was in the Hillcrest Road/Turnpike Road accident, with one driver, Laura Elliot, 40, of Milford, reportedly suffering a cut on her hand and a head injury. She refused transport to the hospital at the scene of the accident.

Reports on all three accidents indicate that icy road conditions were a factor. 

Rindge police responded to over a dozen reports of cars going off the road throughout the day, according to Detective Rachel Malynowski. 

Malynowski said there were a few accidents where vehicles were towed from the scene, but most calls involved cars with minimal or no damage being pulled back onto the road. No injuries or severe accidents were reported. 

Two problem areas, according to Malynowski, were Cathedral Road and Route 119, although for the most part, the accidents were spread throughout town.

Malynowski said Rindge officers were so busy during the storm that there were several calls that came in where the person involved was able to self-extricate their vehicle prior to an officer’s arrival. 

Temple-Greenville police responded to nine crashes or cars off the road, but were still processing the reports and did not have details when contacted on Monday. 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.