Mar 4, 2016 3:22 PM

UPDATE: Drivers back on I-93, accidents clear, crews treating roadways

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Mother Nature surprised the state's drivers on Friday morning as just enough snow fell near the Massachusetts border to cause a massive pileup on Interstate 93 and miles of delays.

In all about 15 people were taken to area hospitals, roughly 40 cars ended up involved in multiple crashes and hundreds of drivers ended up waiting for hours to get through to their destinations. No one was believed to be seriously injured though several cars ended up off the road and some victims had to be extricated, emergency responders said.

“Oh yeah it got greasy really quick, people not paying attention,” said Alan Judkins, who was among those trying to navigate the standstill through Windham and Derry.

Judkins told NH1 News he was in Massachusetts coming up to New Hampshire when he got stuck in traffic. "There was one truck I saw right up to the fire wall that hit a minivan,” he said.

“It was very blocked up and a lot of people tried to get into the break down lane to escape the traffic,” said Jared Cape, who pulled off at an exit to wait for the traffic to clear.

Speed limits were reduced to 45 mph, and road crews were busy salting and sanding as the cleanup began.

“It’s usually thought of as being warmer and less snow [in the southern part of the state] and we came down and saw we have all these problems on the roads, so that did kind of confuse me,” said Fran Gesel, who said her ride from northern NH was much easier to navigate.

Given that conditions could become slippery again as temperatures drop on Friday night, drivers said they’d learned their lesson.

“Drive slow, drive smart,” said Cape.

The state Department of Transportation told NH1 News they will continue to treat both sides of I-93 into the overnight.

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