New Hampshire Storms Cause Major Traffic Accidents
The ice and snow storms that have hit New Hampshire are some of the worst in over a decade.
Merrimack Chief of Police Mike Milligan stated that the storm is the "worst one we've had probably since the big ice storm about 12 years ago."
Recent storms have caused drivers to careen into one another and off the road in record numbers. As of Friday three intersections on Route 101A were without power. In addition, the areas near Home Depot, Boston Post Road and Continental Boulevard were affected by the power outages.
The lack of traffic signals has placed demands on an already overworked police force throughout the state. In Merrimack alone there were 16 officers directing traffic. This does not include officers needed to respond to frequent car accidents.
In Tilton, New Hampshire, the storm was blamed for many car crashes. A serious crash closed Route 3A in Franklin for part of a morning, causing injuries and delays. A head-on collision in Tilton was most likely caused by snowy and icy road conditions.
A police spokesperson stated that snow obscured a lip on the shoulder of the road. When the car hit the edge the driver overcompensated and swerved into oncoming traffic, causing the head on collision. Overcompensation is a common mistake while driving. Inclement weather conditions can turn a small mistake into a major traffic accident.
Local observers note that it does take some time for drivers to reacquaint themselves with winter driving conditions and precautions. Because of this police advise drivers to use caution on the roads. Using your seatbelt and giving the cars around you plenty of room are the most important precautions to take during and after icy winter storms.
This storm is the first major weather event of the season. Please try and give yourself plenty of time to get places and give the drivers around you space as the winter weather wears on.