🔴 Nearly a dozen vehicles were pulled over along Interstate 93 near Exit 1 in Salem with flats

🔴 A sign appeared to have been struck, scattering debris on the road.

🔴 A heavily damaged mini-van was found 20 miles away, but the driver ran off.


Metal debris from a highway sign that was hit on Interstate 93 in Salem caused nearly a dozen vehicles to get flat tires on Sunday night.

New Hampshire State Police were first notified about multiple vehicles pulled over on either side of the northbound lanes of the interstate at Exit 1 in Salem around 7:10 p.m. It appeared the sign for the exit in the gore point had been struck, scattering metal and other debris into the roadway.

There was no vehicle present that could have hit the sign, according to police.

The roadway was closed for approximately 30 minutes to clear the roadway and remove the vehicles.

Map showing Exits 1 and 5 on I-93
Map showing Exits 1 and 5 on I-93 (Google Maps)

Damaged Vehicle to the North

State Police received calls around 7:20 p.m. of a 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan north of Exit 5 in Londonderry whose driver lost control and crashed in the guardrail along the left side of the highway, blocking two lanes.

Several other drivers stopped to help before troopers arrived, and said the driver ran off into the woods along the right lane. Troopers shut down the highway for a time to find the driver using K-9s, but were unsuccessful. Debris also needed to be cleared off the roadway.

Alcohol was found in the heavily damaged Tiguan.

State Police are investigating whether or not the two incidents about 20 miles apart are related. Witnesses are asked to call (603)227-0114.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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