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100-car pile-up in MA storm

A wintry blast of wet snow caused a pile-up of nearly a hundred vehicles Thursday morning.

BY TRAVIS DUNN | ATTLEBORO, MA | March 6, 2003


"To get to get to some of the accidents, troopers had to go in on foot."

—Sgt. J. Paul Vance, CT State Police


A wintry blast of wet snow caused a pile-up of nearly a hundred vehicles Thursday morning on Interstate 95 near here, according to Lt. Marian McGovern of the Massachusetts State Police.

State police shut down a five-mile stretch of southbound 95 from Attleboro to the Rhode Island border shortly after 11 a.m. The section of highway was still closed Thursday afternoon.

"The snow became very intense -- almost becoming white-out conditions," McGovern said. "This was one pile-up -- one chain reaction."

Police and firefighters took stranded motorists to the nearby Assembly of God Church.

The Rev. Ron Squibb said his church provided meals and coffee for about 75 people involved in the mass accident. Squibb said about 20 people were still waiting for rides home on Thursday afternoon. Beds would be provided if necessary, he said.

Attleboro was not the only area of New England affected by the winter storm.

Between five and 10 inches of snow fell on southern New England in a period of six to eight hours Thursday morning, according to Jim Notchey, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Taunton, MA.

Winter weather advisories and storm warning were issued throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The storms were expected to abate Thursday afternoon.

Notchey, however, said there was nothing unusual about "the wide-spread heavy snow."

"It's just a typical New England snow storm," he said.

The only extraordinary thing about the storm, Notchey said, was the high number of traffic accidents.

About 50 traffic accidents were reported in Connecticut, on Interstate 84 near Waterbury, according to Sgt. J. Paul Vance, spokesman for the Connecticut State Police.

Vance said a portion of Route 84 was closed for about three and half hours midday Thursday while the wrecks were cleaned up.

"To get to get to some of the accidents," Vance said, "troopers had to go in on foot."

Vance also reported numerous road closures all over Connecticut.


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