Three Semis, Five Cars Collide on N.H. Highway

SPRINGFIELD, N.H. -- Eight vehicles were involved in a crash that shut down a portion of Interstate 89 in Springfield early Friday morning, according to the Department of Transportation. The series of crashes started at...


SPRINGFIELD, N.H. --

Eight vehicles were involved in a crash that shut down a portion of Interstate 89 in Springfield early Friday morning, according to the Department of Transportation.

The series of crashes started at about 2:30 a.m., when a vehicle blew a tire after hitting a patch of ice and spun out between exits 12A and 13. That driver pulled over and tried to change their tire, when a following vehicle spun out trying to avoid them, which sparked a chain reaction involving six more vehicles.

Officials said an 18-wheeler tried to avoid the second vehicle and crashed into a ditch, bursting its side gas tank. A box truck pulled to the side of the road to avoid the collision and was then struck by a tanker truck.

The tanker truck, which was carrying heating oil, crossed the road and ended up in a ditch after the crash. Officials said a small amount of oil spilled, but not enough to be hazardous.

Officials said another 18-wheeler slammed into that tanker truck, and two more vehicles crashed into the back of the 18-wheeler.

Two people were taken to the hospital -- one from a car and the other from an 18-wheeler. Both were treated for minor injuries.

The fire chief said it was a miracle that no one was seriously hurt.

Traffic in the northbound lane had to be closed then diverted through a rest area.

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