By Mike Labella
---- — HAVERHILL - Police in Haverhill say a snow storm that struck during the morning commute resulted in slippery roads and a large number of crashes within a short period of time. Between 6:15 and 7:50 a.m., police had responded to 12 accidents, many of which occurred in the eastern part of the city in the Kenoza Avenue area.
"There's a high volume of accidents being reported as the storm hit us right during the morning commute," said Police Deputy Chief Donald Thompson. "While it doesn't appear there is a lot of snow, it does appear from the calls we're getting that the roads are slippery."
School in Haverhill is in session today.
Lt. Joseph Florent said most of this morning's accidents were fender benders, and no serious injuries were reported.
A driver crashed into a utility pole Corliss Hill Road at Whittier Road, knocking over the pole and taking down power lines, Florent said.
"The driver was standing outside the car when police arrived," Florent said. "There were lines down everywhere and it might not have been the safest place to stand."
He did not have information as to whether anyone in that area lost power.
Kevin Eldridge said Coppola bus drivers were asked to use extra caution this morning and not to drive on any roads they were not familiar with. He said a Whittier Tech bus was involved in an accident at Broadway and Monument Street. Police said there were no serious injuries and that they did not know if there were any students on the bus at the time.
Police responded to crashes at: 131 Kenoza Ave., Maplewood Terrace at Mill Street, 639 Kenoza St., Amesbury Road at Marjorie Street, Kenoza Avenue at Webster Street, East Broadway at Millvale Road, Fountain Street at Main Street, Kenoza Avenue at Lawrence Street, Brickett Lane at North Avenue, Corliss Hill Road at Whittier Road, Broadway at Monument Street and 72 Beach St., 17 Gile St. As of 8:20 a.m. police were still receiving reports of accidents.
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