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May 28, 2015 5:53 PM

UPDATE: 2 puppies, passenger hurt in rollover crash on I-95


PORTSMOUTH - Two puppies suffered minor injuries when a Mt. Androscoggin Humane Society van carrying dozens of animals rolled over on Interstate 95 early Thursday afternoon.

Nearly 60 cats and dogs were on board.

The driver, Jeff Levesque, said he was uninjured but his passenger suffered from scratches and was taken to the hospital.

Levesque told NH1 News the accident occurred while merging on the highway.

“As we made the turn, we kind of made it too fast," Levesque said. "And by the time we over-corrected it, tried to pull it back in other words, it was too late.”

The van was transporting the puppies from Pennsylvania to their society in Lewiston, Maine, Levesque said.

The van rolled onto its side in the left, high-speed lane near Exit 6.

Rescue crews from Portsmouth police, fire and animal control responded to the scene, in addition to State Police.

The cats and dogs were taken from the scene by the NH SPCA in different vans.

The animals were examined before transport to Maine continued Thursday afternoon.

It was unknown as of press time whether or not Levesque would face charges.

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