Hartford police cruiser totaled responding to crash in the freezing rain
HARTFORD - Freezing rain across the region Saturday caused over a dozen serious crashes on both the Vermont and New Hampshire sides of the Upper Valley, keeping emergency services busy and sending several travelers to area hospitals as the day progressed.
Hartford officers were responding to a serious injury crash on Route 5 at the Kline Drive intersection, which is about a quarter-mile south of the entrance to the Aquatic Center, when one of the cruisers collided with another vehicle.
Police said the collision totaled the cruiser but neither the officer nor the occupants of the other vehicle were hurt. That crash remains under investigation.
Vermont State Police troopers at the Royalton Barracks put out a statement noting that they had responded to more than 20 crashes and vehicular slide-off during a six-hour period mid-day on Saturday, the majority of which were on Interstates 89 and 91.
The Nor'easter storm involved is actually the last gasp of Hurricane Willa which formed in the Pacific Ocean late last week and travelled clear across Mexico before making its way up the East Coast to hit New England.
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