DOVER – Even though a local woman was trapped after overturning her vehicle at the northbound tolls Tuesday night, there was minimal damage to the unmanned tollbooth.
Amanda Graves, 23, of Dover, was charged with driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor after she lost control of her 2012 Kia Soul, which struck a concrete barrier and rolled over into the unmanned EZ Pass lane on the northbound side of the highway around 7:30 p.m.
While the Kia sustained substantial damage, the concrete island protected the toll equipment, which appears to have minimal damage, according to Bill Boynton, N.H. Department of Transportation spokesman.
"Our toll shift leader and toll attendant working in the adjacent lane did a great job responding to the incident," Boynton said, adding no employees were hurt as a result.
The tollbooth was fully open and operational as of Tuesdaynight.
As DOT crews continue to assess the damages, Boyton said it is unclear whether repairs are needed. He added this will not affect upcoming repairs, scheduled to begin Sunday at the tolls in Dover and Rochester.
After firefighters extricated Graves from the Kia, she was taken to Wentworth Douglass Hospital for the treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Afterwards, she was arrested at the hospital, according to police.
Based on an initial investigation, N.H. State Police believe "unreasonable speed and alcohol" were factors in the accident. State Police continue to look into the matter and ask area residents if they can help piece together what led up to the crash.
Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact N.H. State Trooper Brian Ross at 223-8490 or email him at Brian.Ross@dos.nh.gov.
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DOVER — A local woman was arrested Tuesday on driving while intoxicated after crashing her car into the Route 16 toll plaza, state police said.
Amanda Graves, 23, was heading north about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when she lost control of her car and hit a concrete barrier, which flipped the car over, police said. The booth, which was not manned, was extensively damaged, police said.
Graves was taken to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the accident, police said.