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Two injured in I-89 crash in Lebanon

  • A traffic-backup cased a multple-car crash on Interstate 89 in Lebanon, N.H., on Oct. 29, 2019. (Charles Wira photograph)

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 10/29/2019 12:33:58 PM
Modified: 10/29/2019 10:01:39 PM

LEBANON — A traffic backup caused by a tractor-trailer with a problem with its load resulted in a car crash on southbound Interstate 89 Tuesday morning. 

Two people, Carolyn Wysocki, 27, of White River Junction, and Jeremy Spindler, 40, of Somerville, Ma., were both transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center around 9 a.m. with non-life threatening injuries following the crash, according to Lebanon Police Captain Tim Cohen. 

New Hampshire State Police responded to the first incident just before 8 a.m. on I-89 southbound by exit 18, where a tractor-trailer was having an issue with a load it was carrying, Cohen said. 

Traffic began to back up to exit 19, where Wysocki and Spindler were driving around 8:40 a.m. Wysocki, who was in a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze in the passing lane, tried to brake but could not stop quickly enough for the backup. Her car veered off the right side of the road into an embankment, hitting Spindler’s 2018 Subaru Outback, which was in the right lane, in the process, Cohen said. 

Police responding to the scene shut down the right lane of I-89 from just before Exit 19 to just after Exit 18, and Cohen said traffic was backed up until a little after 10 a.m.

Chuck Wira, a Plainfield resident who was on his way to work Tuesday morning, was caught in traffic when he saw the crash. He along with around seven other drivers and passengers in the surrounding cars went to help Wysocki and Spindler, Wira said. One bystander, who identified himself as a former EMS officer, helped open the door for Wysocki and cut the airbags to free her from the car. 

“It was a wonderful thing to see,” Wira said of the people who immediately rushed to help.

Anna Merriman can be reached or 603-727-3216.

Posted at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.





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