Tractor-trailer hydroplanes on I-93, leading to traffic delays

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HOOKSETT –– A tractor-trailer hydroplaned off I-93 north, causing significant traffic delays Friday, according to New Hampshire State Police and the NH Department of Transportation.

The incident occurred between the I-293 split and the Hooksett toll plaza and involved three vehicles.

Responders were alerted to a jackknifed tractor-trailer, which had skidded off the right side of the highway and down an embankment into a tree line.

Upon arriving around 11:15 a.m., police found the driver of the tractor-trailer safe and uninjured.

A second open-top dump truck tractor-trailer and a passenger car with Quebec plates were found pulled over just north of the initial scene in the breakdown lane.

Minor damage was reported on the dump truck while the passenger car sustained heavy damage.

Hooksett Fire personnel evaluated the medical condition of all involved drivers and occupants. No hospital transport was necessary.

The New England Truck Center, which was nearby at the time of the accident, determined that the diesel saddle tanks on the crashed truck had been compromised and were leaking fuel.

The Hooksett Fire Department notified the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, which indicated that they were responding to the scene.

The New England Truck Center used transfer pumps to empty the remaining diesel from the tanks and transfer it into drums.

Approximately 30 gallons of diesel may have leaked onto the ground and will be evaluated by the Department of Environmental Services.

Duval’s Towing and Recovery used heavy towing equipment to pull the empty tractor-trailer onto the roadway so it could be towed from the scene.

The scene was cleared about two hours after the crash.

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