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For Immediate Release
October 17, 2018
For more information contact:
Trooper Shawn Slaney
(603) 223-8477

Motor Vehicle Collision, I-93 North, Franconia

On October 17th at approximately 2:15pm the New Hampshire State Police received a report of a motor vehicle collision involving 4 vehicles. The collision was located on Interstate 93 northbound, just north of exit 35.

The initial investigation revealed that a 2015 Ford Transit van, being operated by 42 year old Paul Haynes of Montpelier, VT, had lost control as he tried to negotiate a curve. The roadway had been covered with a film of slush as a result of a light snow that had fallen. Haynes lost control of the vehicle and drove off the right side of the roadway, traveling several hundred feet and striking multiple rocks and the embankment. He was not injured as a result of this collision.

Just after Haynes crashed, 54 year old Tammy Simoneau of Newport, VT, stopped her 2016 Mercedes Sprinter van to offer assistance. While parked in the breakdown lane, 34 year old Eric Brant of Chelsea, MA, was operating a 2009 Nissan Murano northbound. He lost control of his vehicle in the same area and sideswiped Simoneau's Sprinter van, which caused his vehicle to continue into the median and onto the southbound lane.

Within seconds of that collision, 44 year old Olagoke Owojori of Portland, OR also lost control of his 2018 Ford F150. Owojori's F150 slammed into the rear of Simoneau's Sprinter van that was still parked in the breakdown lane.

Five people were transported to the Littleton Regional Hospital for evaluation and treatment of some minor to moderate injuries.

The roadway was closed for 2 hours to allow emergency personnel to remove the injured and tow all 4 vehicles from the scene. Vehicles were diverted off exit 35 and re-routed back at exit 36 causing minimal effects on traffic flow.

State Police were assisted by the Franconia Police Department, Sugar Hill Police Department, NH DOT, Franconia Fire and EMS. B&B and Arnolds Towing services assisted with vehicle removal.

The State Police reminds drivers that as we transition from Autumn to Winter weather, the roads appearing to be wet can potentially be covered with ice or slush. Pleases use caution and reduce your speed during inclement weather in order to maintain control of your vehicle.

   
 
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