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2 Killed In I-89 Crash

Victims’ Names Not Yet Released

  • A New Hampshire State Policeman walks the scene of an accident on the side of I-89 Northbound near Lebanon, N.H. on December 7, 2013. State Police reported two fatalities in the two-car accident. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage)

    A New Hampshire State Policeman walks the scene of an accident on the side of I-89 Northbound near Lebanon, N.H. on December 7, 2013. State Police reported two fatalities in the two-car accident. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage)

  • The remains of a truck are seen at the scene of an accident on I-89 Northbound near Lebanon, N.H. on December 7, 2013. State Police reported two fatalities in the two-car accident. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage)

    The remains of a truck are seen at the scene of an accident on I-89 Northbound near Lebanon, N.H. on December 7, 2013. State Police reported two fatalities in the two-car accident. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage)

  • A New Hampshire State Policeman walks the scene of an accident on the side of I-89 Northbound near Lebanon, N.H. on December 7, 2013. State Police reported two fatalities in the two-car accident. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage)
  • The remains of a truck are seen at the scene of an accident on I-89 Northbound near Lebanon, N.H. on December 7, 2013. State Police reported two fatalities in the two-car accident. (Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage)

Lebanon — Two people were killed in a two-car crash on Interstate 89 Saturday afternoon when a southbound vehicle crossed the median and struck a second vehicle in a northbound lane, New Hampshire State Police said.

The accident took place between exits 18 and 19. It was not clear if the deceased were from the same vehicle or different vehicles. Their names were not released Saturday night.

Airbags appeared to have deployed in one vehicle, a bright red pickup truck, which came to rest at the bottom of an embankment on the northbound side of the Interstate, to the right of the passing lane.

A dark-colored vehicle was totaled. It rested nearby, part of the car still in the lane.

It was not clear which car had been traveling northbound and which car had been traveling southbound.

Police said an initial investigation showed that the driver of the southbound vehicle “lost control into the center median.”

Looking south, deep tire tracks traveled off the left southbound lane and into the downhill slope of the median.

The furrows of the tire tracks were wider and deeper where it appeared that the vehicle traveled up the slope toward the northbound lane, suggesting the car had turned sideways as it slid.

The right travel lane on the northbound side of the interstate was closed throughout the afternoon as police continued their investigation.

The left lane was open to traffic, but traffic remained significantly delayed as a slow stream of cars passed by flashing red and blue lights.

All of Lebanon’s safety departments responded to the scene, including police, fire and ambulance, as well as New Hampshire State Police.

As of about 8:30 Saturday night, northbound traffic continued to be diverted onto the shoulder as several tow trucks, ambulances and police cruisers remained at the scene of the crash.

Emergency responders had set up several large blue tarps to block the view of the scene, but the dark-colored car was still there and officials were working around the vehicle.

Maggie Cassidy can be reached at mcassidy@vnews.com or 603-727-3220.

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