59 Vehicle Pile-Up Shuts Highway

100 injured but none seriously
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2009 5:07 AM CST
Emergency workers respond to massive pileup of 59 vehicles on snowy Interstate 93 in New Hampshire.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Maria Nasta)
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(Newser) – A New Hampshire highway was shut down yesterday when 59 vehicles, including three buses and two tractor trailers, piled into one another in a snowstorm. Interstate 93 was closed for several hours as 100 injured people were treated at the scene, reports the Manchester Union Leader. Some 15 people were hospitalized, several with fractures, but there were no life-threatening injuries.

"All of a sudden, cars were just stopping in front of us," said one driver. "We put our brakes on, skid, were hit and turned sideways in the road. They just kept coming. It was like 'bang, bang, bang.' I told the kids to stay put and to keep their seat belts on."