Chain reaction crashes shut down Exit 19 in Lebanon
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - Numerous car crashes and slide-offs are being reported region wide as darkness falls tonight along with a heavy snowfall that has been creeping up the East Coast.
The trouble began in earnest around 4:30 p.m. and an hour later dispatchers were still describing road conditions on both sides of the Connecticut River as "horrendous."
Two cars then three then a fourth piled into each other over the span of several minutes on the Urban Bridge
Back-to-back chain reaction collisions on the Exit 19 southbound off ramp leading down to Mechanic Street in Lebanon did heavy damage to nearly a dozen vehicles and forced police to close off access to the ramp from the highway for a time.
Four cars collided on the Urban Bridge in downtown White River Junction, destroying at least one of the cars involved and dealing out minor injuries to one of the drivers.
Hartford fire crews responded to that crash from Interstate 89 on the Vermont side where they had just checked on several other vehicles involved in rollover crashes.
An ambulance crew member was just one of the people who slipped and fell on the slick bridge deck
There was a three-car collision in Quechee and reports of slide-offs in several locations in Enfield and Canaan forcing police to consider closing some of the steeper hills along stretches of Route 4 in New Hampshire.
"Roads are bad everywhere," dispatchers assured firefighters in Hanover as crews responded to reports of crashes involving a snowmobile versus a truck on Dartmouth College Highway and a report of a vehicle on its side at the intersection of Beaver Meadow Road and Chapel Hill Road. Road conditions were so bad that firefighters reported they had to park their engine near Stagecoach Road and try to walk into the scene rather than continue down the hill.
Further south, Vermont State Police reported crashed on Interstate 91 in Windsor and Ascutney and a four-vehicle crash on a hill in Putney where the cars just slide down into each other at the bottom.
Multiple vehicles were reported off the roadway in Plainfield near The Complete Canine and Meriden firefighters were also being called in shortly after 6 p.m. to assist with a number of vehicles off near the town line and to Willowbrook Road for a reported crash with injury.
Traffic was reportedly back up for miles on Route 4 near the Hartford-Hartland-Woodstock town line by the former 'Fool on the Hill' farmstead although the specific reason was not immediately clear.
Enfield firefighters were heading out shortly before 6:30 p.m. to try and close down their side of Methodist Hill in order to try and prevent even more cars from sliding off it.
Fifeteen cars were reported to be off the road on a single hill in Ludlow.
Dispatchers were reporting that area towing companies were working flat out and advising police across the region to expect lengthy delays as far as having wreckers arrive at their scene.
Firefighters work to cut off the horn that was still blaring on a heavily damaged vehicle
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