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March 31. 2014 9:09AM

Rain, slick roads make for slow NH commute

The morning commute has proven a bit challenging this morning on some of the state's roads, particularly on Interstate 89 and those in the southern part of the state.

Beginning around 3:30 a.m., state police reported snow and freezing rain made for icy roads on I-89, continuing through the morning commute.

Several minor crashes happened on Interstates 89, 95 and 101. One state police cruiser was hit on I-89, near exit 14, where a crash between a tractor-trailer and a car was being investigated by another officer. No one was injured, although the cruiser had minor damage.

Temperatures hovered just above freezing and with falling rain, it made for slick roads. Five hours after state police first reported icing on I-89, traffic was backed up in Windham and Londonderry along I-93.

Both the weather and the commute were to blame, according to a state Department of Transportation Traffic Management Center spokesman in Concord.

There were a "lot of little accidents," she said but nothing major. Highway crews ware out treating the state roads.

Rain is expected to taper off as the day goes on.


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