Aug 20, 2015 8:40 PM
MERRIMACK - Black smoke and flames poured from a car that crashed into the Exit 11 toll booth Thursday afternoon.
The driver died in the crash.
“Fully engulfed and on fire," said Sargent Steve Callahan of the N.H. State Police. "The vehicle was, and one person was deceased at the time.”
Crews spent several hours cleaning up the 2006 BMW after it drove through the toll much faster than 25 mile per hour limit, officials said.
“Today we had reports of one vehicle operating at a high rate of speed on the Everett Turnpike southbound," Callahan said. "Reports were that the vehicle was in and out of traffic."
At the far end of the booth, only one New Hampshire DOT employee, 87-year-old Mildred Reynolds, was working.
Reynolds saw the car, the flames, and ran to safety.
“Hope it don’t happen again, not while I’m out there,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds walked away, but stayed through the cleanup and said she is hoping to go back to work tomorrow.
“She's shaken up a bit she's a pretty strong lady," said Patrick McKenna of the Department of Transportation "She's still here and actually looking to go back to work.”
“I’ve been waiting to go back, but I guess I’m not going to get there,” she said.
Lucky for her, Reynolds was told she is allowed to come back to work tomorrow, but only after structural engineers take a look at the tolls and deem them safe.
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