Snow storm causes multiple crashes

  • Dublin police responded to a vehicle off the road early Tuesday morning. Police say Ali Almatwari 31, of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, was driving a 2018 Cadillac XT5 on Main Street neat Old Common Road, when he slid off the road. The vehicle was towed after receiving heavy damage.  Courtesy photo

  • A large tree fell across Route 137 near Spring Road in Dublin on Tuesday morning. Traffic was detoured for about 45 minutes until it was removed.  Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 11/28/2018 5:06:41 PM

The six inches of dense snow that hit the region overnight on Monday and into Tuesday caused a slew of accidents and cars off the road.

“It was very chaotic out there,” Francestown Police Chief Fred Douglas said Wednesday. “It was call after call.”

Douglas responded to at least a half-dozen cars off the road on Tuesday, including an accident where a 2012 Subaru Impreza driven by Katherine Manchester, 27, of Francestown went off the road, into a ditch, and up on a stonewall on Second NH Turnpike South.

“The accident is still under investigation, but road conditions had deteriorated,” Douglas said.

With winter weather upon us, Douglas said it is important for all drivers to ensure they are not driving at unsafe speeds.

Tires with a good amount of tread on them are also of the utmost importance, Douglas said.

“You want good tires all around, but if you only buy two new tires, make sure you put them on the drive wheels,” Douglas said.

Many other Monadnock Region towns spent time responding to vehicles off the road Monday into Tuesday.

Dublin Police Chief Timothy Suokko said his department dealt with two cars off the road – both of which were towed from the scene due to vehicle damage – and a large tree that fell across Route 137 near Spring Road.

The road was closed for about 45 minutes, until state road workers came to remove the tree.

“It was a bit of a mess out there all day,” Suokko said, in an email.

Peterborough police started to receive calls about vehicles struggling on the roads on Monday night at around 9:20 p.m.

“The roads began taking a turn for the worse around 7 p.m., and it was, as typical, Route 101 over the (Temple) mountain that was the worst,” Peterborough Police Chief Scott Guinard said Wednesday.

On Monday night, police responded to two calls of vehicles off the road or stuck on Route 101, but both were able to get back on the road and drive off with no damage.

Tuesday morning, police responded to several accidents on state roads, two of which occurred on Route 202 South.

At around 7:50 a.m., a 2015 Toyota Sienna driven by Sethany Seng, 46, of Lowell, Massachusetts, was attempting to turn into the driveway of a business on Route 202 South when it skidded in the snow and hit a guardrail. The vehicle had heavy damage to the front end, and the guardrail was also damaged.

“The vehicle was able to limp into the parking lot,” Guinard said.

There was another crash on Route 202 that morning. Matthew Grobsky, 43, of Jaffrey slid off the road in his 2006 Chevrolet pick up while attempting to make a left turn at around 10 a.m. The vehicle was pulled back onto the road and was not damaged.

Also on Tuesday morning, at around 9:22 a.m., Castro Saeteros, 49, of Milford, Massachusetts, slid on the icy road and hit a snow bank on McCoy Road in Sharon, causing front-end damage to his 2014 Chevrolet Cruz.

No one was injured in any of these reported accidents.

Throughout the day, multiple drivers reported either being stuck or off the road on Route 123 and Route 101. Peterborough police also responded to cable wires down on May Street, low-hanging wires with branches on them on Mountain View Drive, and cleared trees downed in the road on Gulf Road and Hancock Road.

Police in Wilton, Temple/Greenville, Antrim, Greenfield, Hancock, Rindge, and Jaffrey all responded to vehicles off the road and other minor weather-related incidents.

Reporters Ashley Saari and Nicholas Handy contributed to this report.


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