Winter Storms Niko and Orson caused hazardous driving throughout the Monadnock Region

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/13/2017 9:31:56 PM

A one-two punch of winter storms carpeted the Monadnock Region with snow this weekend, leading to hazardous driving conditions.

The storms deposited as many as 16 inches in Jaffrey on Thursday and 13.5 in Lyndeborough on Sunday and Monday, according to

Motor vehicle accidents were reported across the area during that five-day span, and in the past week, today, Tuesday, Feb. 14, is only the second day on which local school districts are opening for class.

Mason, which had possibly the slickest conditions, saw no reportable accidents, but surrounding towns did.

In Wilton, Thursday’s Winter Storm Niko lead to two accidents. The first was at 12:17 p.m. on Route 101. Del Patton, 43, of New Ipswich was driving westbound and stopped in a line of traffic when her vehicle was rear-ended by Robert Krause, 60, of Watertown, Connecticut. Neither party was injured, but both vehicles were towed.

Patton was stopped as traffic was allowing a plow to turn. At 6:55 a.m. Friday, a plow was involved in another accident in Wilton. Road Agent Steve Elliott was driving a 2016 Ford truck, plowing the sidewalks, when he backed into a pickup being driven by Louis Glaude of Wilton. The town vehicle was not damaged and neither party was injured.

In New Ipswich, Pamela Brock, 52, of New Ipswich was involved in an accident with Matthew Lambert, 26, of New Ipswich at the intersection of Smithville Road and Ashby Road. Police reported that the snowbanks were so high as to block visibility.

Niko ledd to two accidents in each Jaffrey and Rindge as well. In Rindge, there was a two vehicle accident at 7:49 a.m. on Route 119 and a single-vehicle accident on Thomas Road at 3:26 p.m., but no one was injured. In Jaffrey, two vehicle collided at Woodbound and Squantum Roads on Thursday, and a vehicle jumped a snowbank avoiding collision Friday. No injuries were reported.

Over the weekend for Winter Storm Orson, there were accidents with plow trucks in both Jaffrey and Rindge. The Rindge incident on Route 119 resulted in injury to the other driver.

Places ranging from Dublin to Greenfield had accidents this weekend, too, but not as many as were feared.

“For the most part, people were generally off the roads,” Greenfield Officer Jonathan Quigley said.


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