Mar 23, 2016 1:49 PM

UPDATE: Mother recovering in Boston, teen released, road cleared after Epping crash

EPPING - An early morning crash at the intersection of route 125 and 155 left traffic at a halt during the morning commute. Cars were re-routed and reduced to one lane and backups could be seen for miles.

The crash had cleanup crews working for hours.

“Every day, just about every day we hear something up here,” said Emily Adams, who's home is right by the crash site. “My best friend’s daughter was nearly killed in the same spot right here.”

Neighbors echoed Adam’s claims and said the intersection of Calef Highway and North River Road is a popular spot for accidents.

Epping police said over the past five years, there have been six accidents in the area. While accident are not necessarily frequent, when they do happen, they are massive much like Wednesday morning’s.

Eric Truebe was among those stuck in backed up traffic on his way to work.

“A lot of traffic, we’ve been here for over a half an hour,” he said.

The crash happened around 7 a.m. Wednesday when neighbors said Elise Smith apparently pulled out of North River Road and may have misjudged her timing.

A tractor trailer swerved attempting to miss he gold PT Cruiser but rolled over, spilling its load, thousands of pounds of garbage.

“I looked across the street and it was my neighbors’ car. I didn’t know if it was the mother or the daughter. I just pray that they are ok, both of them,” said Adams.

Both mother and daughter, Elise Smith and her daughter Abigael Kershaw were in the car on their way to Epping High School, where Kershaw is a student.

“There is a lot of traffic here, and the PD doesn’t have another route to transfer traffic to,” said Epping Fire Chief Don DeAngelis describing the hours upon hours of traffic back up.

Clean-up took hours as well but crews told NH1 News they were hopeful that once the truck was upright, the roadways would be back open as usual for the evening commute.

"They're great people. Abby is a sweet girl. The mom is a good person and she’s a hard worker and a good mom,” said Adam’s of her neighbors.

NH1 News also spoke to Kershaw’s older sister on scene who said Abigael was released from the hospital by noon with a possible concussion and neck pain. Their mother was airlifted to Boston where she is recovering from a head injury but is expected to be ok.

The truck driver, Miguel Adames, also suffered minor injuries but should recover as well.


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