One Dead in Fiery Crash on I-89 in Enfield, Police Say (Updated 8:15 p.m.)

Friday, March 04, 2016
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: New Hampshire State Police say one person is dead following a fiery crash on I-89 southbound near Whaleback Mountain this afternoon.

Troopers responded about 4:15 p.m. to a report of a car that was on fire following a crash.

"The arriving troopers along with witnesses attempted to reach the driver, but the vehicle was fully engulfed and attempts were unsuccessful," the release stated. "Upon the arrival of the fire departments, the fire was extinguished. Investigation revealed that the lone operator had perished as a result of the crash."

Police did not release the driver's identity. Authorities said the car's license plate was not from the Twin States.

I-89 was shut down for about 45 minutes, according to the release. It was later reopened to one lane, and all lanes were reopened by 7:30 p.m.

Enfield — Traffic on Interstate 89 southbound is significantly backed up from Enfield into Lebanon following a car fire near Exit 16 earlier this afternoon.

Police and fire officials responded to the car fire before 5 p.m. this afternoon. Initial reports on the police scanner indicated a person was possibly trapped inside.

A New Hampshire state police dispatcher said nobody was available to comment and more information would be released later tonight.

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