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New Hampshire

February 28, 2011

Ice, multiple crashes snarl NH roads

It's not a good day to be on the road in Southern New Hampshire.

"Stay home, if you can," was Londonderry police Lt. Bob Michaud's advice to drivers.

Otherwise?

"Go slow and give yourself extra time. Reduce your speed, leave plenty of room, brake early around stop signs," were his recommendations for those who have to be out this morning.

Police radio reports indicated many accidents keeping officers busy throughout Southern New Hampshire as icy conditions worsened.

Route 111 in Hampstead was closed temporarily due to multiple accidents. A minor school bus accident was reported on Lexington Drive in Hampstead.

Salem fared better than most. Salem police Sgt. Rob Morin said one crash was reported, without serious injury.

Conditions went from bad to worse this morning as precipitation hit the roadways about the same time drivers did.

"About 6 o'clock it changed from rain to freezing rain," Morin said.

Highway traffic speeds were reduced to 45 mph, though drivers were traveling considerably slower. A car off the southbound side of Interstate 93 in Londonderry had drivers moving about 10 mph around 7:30 a.m.

I-93 south of Manchester was "well behaved" this morning, in the words of State Police Lt. Christopher AuCoin. But troopers had to deal with about a dozen rollover crashes between Route 3 Nashua to Bedford and I-93 in Manchester, AuCoin said.

The worst of it was 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., AuCoin said. Conditions had improved and the action quieted shortly before 9 a.m., as the temperature warmed up.

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