PORTSMOUTH — A two-vehicle collision involving a tractor-trailer and a Honda Pilot forced the closure of several lanes on Interstate 95 South near mile marker 14.8 on Friday at around 2 p.m.
New Hampshire State Police Troop A responded to the scene where they found a 2016 Honda Pilot disabled in the southbound lanes alongside an overturned 2012 Freightliner tractor with a 30-foot trailer.
The Freightliner was blocking traffic in both directions after hitting the center guardrail and overturning.
The preliminary investigation indicated that the 16-year-old Amesbury driver of the Honda Pilot merged onto I-95 South from Exit 7 into the path of the Freightliner.
The truck’s driver, 46-year-old Luis Vasquez of Haverhill, took evasive action, which led to the collision and overturn of his vehicle.
Despite the severity of the accident, no injuries were reported among either driver or the juvenile passengers in the Honda.
I-95 was shut down for about five hours while emergency crews, including Troop G, Portsmouth Police and Fire Departments, the New Hampshire Departments of Transportation and Environmental Services, and National Wrecker Service, worked to clear the wreckage and investigate the crash.
Authorities are seeking further information and have asked witnesses to contact Trooper First Class Harrison Walters via email at [email protected].