WINDHAM, N.H. (CBS) – Ten drivers were hospitalized after snow squalls caused a 40-car pileup on Interstate 93 in southern New Hampshire.
Interstate 93 in the Windham and Londonderry area was shut down after a string of crashes around 10 a.m.READ MORE: Kyle Van Noy Hosts Christmas Party For Foster Children In Need
Windham Assistant Fire Chief Ed Morgan said the first call was for a crash with entrapment, and a rollover crash was phoned in a short time later. Within minutes, several other crashes were reported.
“We knew we were going to need a lot of ambulances, you could just see cars off the road,” Morgan said. “Some of them were upside down, some were down the embankment.”
The majority of crashes were reported on the southbound side of the road.
“It was literally whiteout,” a tow truck driver told WBZ-TV. “You couldn’t see 40, 50 feet in front of you.”READ MORE: 'Get Vaccinated And Get Boosted': Gov. Baker Pushes COVID Shots In Brockton
Firefighters from Derry, Londonderry, Windham and Salem responded to the scene.
A total of 10 people were brought to area hospitals, though none are believed to have life-threatening injuries. A baby was in one of the cars.
“I got a little emotional. I saw a little baby,” Morgan said. “The mother at first said that the baby was unconscious but that wasn’t the case, the baby was tired.”
Morgan said many of the cars involved had significant damage.MORE NEWS: Car Involved In Holbrook Crash Was Stolen From Amazon Driver, Police Say
Some cars rolled over as a result of the pileup, several slid off the road and others hit tractor trailers that were attempting to stop.