New Hampshire State Police out of the Troop B Barracks in Bedford responded to 93 motor vehicle incidents during high traffic commuting hours on Friday.
Those incidents included motor vehicle crashes, motor vehicles off the roadway and disabled motorists. Most of the incidents occurred on the F.E. Everett Turnpike, Interstate 293 and Interstate 93, causing significant traffic delays.
On Friday morning, Trooper First Class Thomas Forsley was dealing with a motor vehicle incident on Route 101 in Milford when his cruiser was sideswiped by a passing motorist, later identified as Melinda Simoneau of Nashua. Forsley suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from Southern New Hampshire medical center.
Around 11 a.m., a commercial motor vehicle's trailer separated from the tractor on the Route 293 northbound at the Exit 6 off ramp in Manchester, causing the ramp to be shut down for approximately two hours.
There were two other incidents involving commercial motor vehicles causing delays to commuters. A jackknifed tractor trailer in the high speed lane, southbound on the Everett Turnpike in Nashua shut down two lanes of travel for several hours. Occurring at the same time was a tractor trailer unit stuck on the exit two on-ramp on I-93 northbound in Salem, closing the ramp for approximately 20 minutes.
Earlier Friday morning, Trooper David Myer arrested the operator of a motor vehicle for possession of marijuana on I-93 southbound in Manchester. The operator was identified as 19-year-old Joseph Tower of Tewksbury, Mass. He was bailed and released with a Manchester court date.
State police urge drivers to remain vigilant while operating on the roadways, especially during commuting hours and in inclement weather.