Route 12-A Bypass Closed After Accident
I-89 Bridge Struck
On February 12, at approximately 8:00 a.m., the Route 12-A bypass that connects the Upper Valley Plaza to the Kmart Plaza was closed due to a motor vehicle accident. An employee of Notts Excavating of White River Jct, VT, was removing snow from the plazas when he failed to lower the dump body on the Freightliner dump truck he was operating, said Chief Richard Mello of the Lebanon Police Department. The vehicle was traveling southbound on the bypass and struck the Interstate 89 northbound bridge. The accident caused the truck to overturn and damaged the bridge structure.
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation responded to evaluate damage done to the bridge. The operator was identified as Kris Sexton, age 56, of West Lebanon, according to Mello. He was transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center to be evaluated for potential non-life-threatening injuries. Sexton was issued a summons charging him with Negligent Driving, a violation, and is due to appear at the NH 2nd Circuit Court, Lebanon District Division on April 23.