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For Immediate Release
April 26, 2018
For more information contact:
Lt. Gary A. Prince

Tractor Trailer Crash, Franconia Notch

On April 16, 2018 at approximately 2:26 pm the State Police received the report that two tractor trailers had rolled over in Franconia Notch near Old Man viewing. Troopers responded to the scene and found themselves in the midst of extremely dangerous high winds.

Those high winds initially caused two tractor trailers to blow over. One tractor trailer had been traveling north when the wind blew the trailer off the tractor and over the guardrail off the right side of the road, crushing guardrail and highway signs.

Another tractor trailer travelling south had its trailer blown off the tractor, over the center guardrail and onto the northbound lane.

While Troopers were dealing with those crashes another tractor trailer, traveling north, tipped over and struck a State Police patrol car while the Trooper was inside. Fortunately no one was injured.

Franconia Notch was temporarily shut down to remove vehicle from the travel lane. Once the road was clear it was re-opened to regular traffic. Tractor trailers are still being diverted away from Franconia Notch due to the hazardous winds.

The trailers have been dragged off the side of the road at this time due to the dangers of trying to remove them.

State Police ask the motoring public to use extreme caution in the Franconia Notch area.

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