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Many Unhappy Returns

Jon Honkala of Northside Towing and Collision returns belongings to Alex Von Brieo, of Jackson, N.J., from her overturned car on Interstate 89 yesterday. A tractor-trailer rear-ended the SUV. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Jon Honkala of Northside Towing and Collision returns belongings to Alex Von Brieo, of Jackson, N.J., from her overturned car on Interstate 89 yesterday. A tractor-trailer rear-ended the SUV. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »

Unseasonably icy weather yesterday wreaked havoc for the morning and evening commutes and all the hours in between, prompting fender benders, slide-offs and rollovers throughout the Upper Valley.

By the evening, authorities had not reported any serious injuries, but police and tow-truck drivers were busy responding to accidents throughout the day.

The mishaps began around 7:30 a.m. in Enfield, where nine vehicles were involved in a chain reaction of collisions in black ice conditions on Interstate 89 northbound, near Whaleback Mountain. Seven vehicles were damaged, including four that rolled over, Enfield police said. There were no serious injuries reported.

“Some of them just hit the embankment, and some hit each other,” Enfield Police Detective Roy Holland said. “It’s all due to black ice. One person spun out, causing another person to overreact, causing another person ...”

In Newport, a car went off the John Stark Highway yesterday morning and into the tree line. In Grantham, a car hit a guardrail and shot into the median.

Later in day on the other side of the Connecticut River, a car rolled over in Hartford in the median near Exit 1 on I-89 south.

Earlier on I-89 southbound in Royalton, a Burlington man lost control of a 2012 Dodge Avenger on the sleet covered highway and drove into the median, Vermont State Police said. He was able to drive out of the median, police said, but sustained a flat tire. He was not injured

A few miles away, a similar incident occurred in the morning. A Quechee woman lost control of a Toyota Yaris and struck a small tree around 7:30 a.m., state police said. She was not injured.

Indeed, the Vermont State Police said that much of I-89, especially at higher elevations, had become treacherous by yesterday afternoon. Authorities urged motorists to slow down and maintain safe distances for stopping or, preferably, stay off the roads completely.

Things shouldn’t as bad today. The National Weather Service is forecasting a chance of rain, with light winds and a high of 49 degrees.

Mark Davis can be reached at mcdavis@vnews.com or 603-727-3304.