New Hampshire State Police, NH Department of Transportation (NHDOT) and Hooksett Fire responded to a three-vehicle accident on I-93 north between the 293 split and the Hooksett toll plaza. Responders were advised of a tractor-trailer that jackknifed and left the right side of the roadway, careening down the embankment into the tree line. State police found the tractor-trailer driver out and uninjured. Initial investigation determined the tractor-trailer was traveling north and hydroplaned. As other vehicles tried to avoid the accident there were collisions that caused minor damages to the front of a dump truck and heavy damage to a passenger car with Quebec plates. Hooksett Fire evaluated the medical condition of all, but no one required transport. The New England Truck Center (NETC) determined the saddle tanks on the truck were leaking diesel. Hooksett Fire notified the Department of Environmental Services (NHDES). NETC used transfer pumps to quickly empty the remaining diesel from the tanks into drums. It was estimated approximately 30 gallons of diesel may have leaked. Duval’s Towing and Recovery towed the truck from the scene. State Police handled more than a dozen accidents involving rollovers, tractor-trailers, and passenger vehicles in about a five-hour period on I-93, 293, and the F. E. Everett Turnpike during heavy rain that blanketed the area.

– Fire News photo by Jeffrey Hastings