A dozen people were injured in an interstate pileup involving 35 vehicles amid whiteout conditions in New Hampshire yesterday. Police say none of the injuries from the crashes on Interstate 93 were life-threatening, reports WMUR-TV, though one vehicle caught fire and was destroyed. The fire also damaged three other vehicles and cargo inside a tractor-trailer unit. The crashes happened near Ashland, about 30 miles north of Concord, after a snow squall caught drivers by surprise.
Manchester District Fire Chief Al Poulin tells WMUR that many vehicles on the road were driving faster than the 75 mph speed limit, including some apparently heading to ski resorts for the weekend. A Department of Transportation spokesman says the highway went from dry to snow-covered in three minutes. (Read more car crash stories.)