Weather causes slick roads; 10-year-old struck by car in Nashua
DOVER – A 10-year-old girl was sent to the hospital after being struck by a car along Sixth Street Tuesday morning, according to Police Lt. Brad Gould.
Police, firefighters and emergency personnel responded at 6:51 a.m. after an eastbound Black Chrysler driven by a 73-year-old woman hit the girl in the area of 64 Sixth St.
"The weather was a factor," Gould said, adding there was a light coating of snow on the ground.
Nonetheless, Gould said police believe the driver was not speeding, driving recklessly or under the influence of any substances.
"I don't know if the kid was at a school bus stop or not," Gould said, adding the girl could have been waiting to go to school at that time of day.
Gould said the girl, who was not in a crosswalk, was sent to Wentworth Douglass Hospital. He added no charges were filed.
In Nottingham, slippery conditions led to woman being trapped in her car along Route 4 Tuesday morning. Police, firefighters and emergency personnel responded before 7 a.m. after a small hatchback rolled over near the intersection of Route 4 and Merry Hill Road.
Police Chief Gunner Foss said, "We had several accidents at once." Foss said the woman lost control, drove up an embankment and rolled over.
"It was horribly slippery. You couldn’t even walk it was so slippery," Foss said.
While firefighters from Nottingham, Lee and Epsom used hydraulic extrication equipment to free the woman from the car, Foss said he climbed into the car to help calm the woman and keep her from moving too much – as a precaution.
As a result of the busy morning, Foss said he didn’t have the chance to obtain her identity yet.
"She was hysterical," Foss said, adding Nottingham ambulance crews drove the woman – who sustained non-life threatening injuries to her shoulder - to Concord Hospital.
"It took forever to get her out," Foss said, adding firefighters worked so well together to free her.
Meanwhile, Foss said officers from Nottingham and Northwood responded to help direct traffic along Route 4 during the busy morning commute.
"That time of day it’s brutal," Foss said, adding the accidents and slippery conditions only made things worse.
Elsewhere in the region, police and ambulance crews were kept busy during rush hour Tuesday morning, with reports of crashes and cars spinning off the road in many New Hampshire communities, with the hardest hit area in the Seacoast, especially Route 95 in the Greenland area.
There were at least four cars off the road on the on-ramp to I-95 North just past the toll plaza from Route 101, and two cars involved in an accident on I-95 North between Hampton and Greenland around 9 a.m.
The roads were quite slick this morning as a light snow fell, forcing traffic to a slow crawl for much of the morning commute on Route 101 East from about Exit 10 in Exeter to the I-95 exit and as a result of the accident on Route 95 heading North from the Hampton Toll Plaza to just south of the Greenland exit.
(Union Leader correspondent Gretyl McAlaster contributed to this story.)