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New Hampshire

January 17, 2013

Morning mess

Storm brings commute to halt -- or off road

Yesterday’s snowfall arrived just in time for the morning commute, backing up traffic on Interstate 93 from the Massachusetts border into Londonderry and turning travel into a stop-and-go affair.

There were no major accidents, but plenty of spinouts and fender-benders. Three disabled cars at the Derry-Londonderry Exit 4 off-ramp stacked vehicles back onto the highway.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation electronic message boards advised drivers to travel 45 mph and slow down. Slow was the easy part. Traffic moved at 10 mph on I-93 through Londonderry, when it moved at all.

State police reported dozens of accidents, none resulting in serious injury, on the highway traveled by 100,000 vehicles a day.

“The troopers are right out straight,” said Lt. Chris Wagner, commander of Troop B that patrols the highway. “They have been going since 5:30 this morning.”

Candi Terrio said her usual 45-minute commute from Penacook village in Concord to her All American Barber Stylist shop in Derry doubled.

“It took me an hour and a half,” Terrio said as she shoveled snow from the sidewalk.

Rich Cromlish said he was delayed a half hour getting to Hood Commons, where he was shoveling the walkway in front of Fashion Bug. He came into Derry from Exit 5 off the highway.

“It was stop-and-go for 15 to 20 minutes,” Cromlish said.

Travel adventure wasn’t limited to the highway.

Jeff Mullaney was shoveling in front of Gem Jewelers on East Broadway in Derry. He had traveled Bypass 28 in from Auburn.

“It was slick, a lot of cars were having difficulty,” he said.

“We came up East Derry Road and there were a couple of accidents,” Chris Shoemaker of Derry said. “Someone rear-ended another car.”

There was a lot of that.

“People were sliding out everywhere,” Seth Ducharme of Derry said. “There was one crash where the bumpers were off.”

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