Three Injured in Separate Grantham Accidents
Grantham — A northbound tractor trailer jackknifed into the median on Interstate 89 early Tuesday morning after its driver lost control in icy road conditions, according to a news release from state police.
The crash resulted in a southbound lane being closed for about five hours during cleanup.
A few hours later police say a Newport resident was injured at the same scene after she looked at the accident scene and swerved to miss hitting vehicles that had slowed in front of her.
Scott Therien, 36, of Blackstone, Mass., lost control of the 2009 IHC tractor trailer around 5 a.m., according to the release. The truck slid off the left shoulder down a steep declining median embankment, coming to rest in the median near the southbound lanes of travel.
Police said road conditions in the area around mile marker 46.4 had “deteriorated ... due to precipitation and temperatures hovering around freezing.”
Therien was transported by ambulance to New London Hospital for treatment, according to the release. A nurse declined to provide his condition Tuesday night. A spokesperson could not be reached.
The truck’s cargo was not damaged, but one of the truck’s fuel tanks ruptured and discharged a “significant quantity” of diesel fuel, police said. The state Department of Environmental Services responded and will oversee cleanup.
Around 8 a.m. employees from Cory Patten’s Auto & Truck Works were working on cleaning up the scene of the truck accident when Rhiannon Hutchinson, 58, lost control of her vehicle on the northbound lane and it went airborne, hitting owner Cory Patten, according to a police news release. The 2003 Ford Focus eventually stopped at the median near the I-89 southbound shoulder.
Hutchinson, of Newport, had to be extracted from her vehicle, according to the news release. She was transported to DHMC with serious injuries.
Patten, 45, was transported to New London Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
According to a police news release, several troopers just missed being hit by Hutchinson’s vehicle.
One trooper, Michael Feineaur, is credited with pushing Patten out of the way of Hutchinson’s vehicle before he was hit.