LONDONDERRY — A 14-year-old boy was struck and killed on Interstate 93 late yesterday afternoon after he got out of a car stopped on the side of the highway and stepped into traffic.
The boy, whom New Hampshire State Police did not identify last night, was struck by a vehicle traveling north and died at the scene.
The car the boy was riding in had stopped for unknown reasons in the breakdown lane at mile marker 12.6. Police did not say who was driving the car the teenager was in, nor who was driving the car that struck him.
The accident occurred just past 4:30 p.m., bring evening commuter traffic to a standstill. Traffic was backed up for more than five miles. New Hampshire State Police soon closed the Exit 4 on-ramp.
At about 5:40 p.m., police directed the stopped northbound cars to turn around, sending them south on the northbound side of the highway, exiting the on-ramp onto Route 102.
Shortly before 7 p.m., state police had one northbound lane open so traffic was slowly moving again, but alternate roads remained heavily congested for hours as motorists tried to avoid the area.
At 10 p.m., traffic was still crawling through the area, the result of the accident investigation and highway construction father north in Londonderry.
The state police Technical Accident Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene, about one mile north of Exit 4 near mile marker 12.6. Londonderry police and fire personnel also assisted at the scene.
While traffic was stopped, many motorists got out of their vehicles, talking with other drivers and some walking toward the accident scene.
Mike Stachura of Hooksett was one of those stuck on the highway.
“I’ve been waiting for about an hour right now,” Stachura said. “I’ve heard a pedestrian was hit when he got out of his car.”
Tina Kaylor of Salem was about 50 yards away from the accident. “Police just told me they would start making cars turn around and get off at Exit 4,” she said about an hour after the accident. “We are going to be here a long time.”
Lisa Dubois of Merrimack was heading north on I-93 and was stopped by the accident.
“I saw a bunch police and fire rescue trucks fly by, and a motorcycle cop. Police got here really fast,” she said. “I’ve been here about 30 minutes. I saw the crash from a distance. It looked awful.”
The accident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call Trooper Christopher Cummings at NH State Police Troop-B, 223-4381.
Staff writer James Niedzinski contributed to this report.