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1 dead in Lebanon interstate crash

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LEBANON, N.H. -

What appears to be a chain reaction of events on Interstate 89 Wednesday morning in Lebanon, New Hampshire, claimed the life of a motorist.

New Hampshire state police reconstruct the fatal crash. A single vehicle rests on its roof off the northbound lane just past the Exit 18 onramp.

It happened a little after 10 a.m. Wednesday and police were already in the area. Downed utility lines just north of the crash site had caused a major backup on the highway.

"Witnesses are reporting that a log type truck with a cherry picker came over the bridge northbound and clipped the wires bringing them down," said Deputy Chief Phil Roberts of the Lebanon Police Department.

The fiber optic cables landed across both lanes of the interstate bringing traffic to a halt, and then a fire ignited, scorching a section of grass nearby.

"We suspect that when the wires snapped, it rattled the poles enough to throw a few sparks down to set a pretty decent sized grass fire on the edge of the highway. We couldn't do anything with it until we had confirmation with the utility company that there was no live power in the area," said Chief Chris Christopoulos, Lebanon Fire Department.

Utility crews began fixing the downed lines after firefighters worked to put out the grass fire and the crash happened while traffic was being diverted off the interstate in both directions.

"The Lebanon Police Department and troopers from the state police responded to locate a vehicle approximately 50 feet off the roadway near Exit 18," said Sgt. Ron Taylor of the New Hampshire State Police.

The female driver was transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police say the driver swerved to the right to avoid traffic, tried to brake, lost control and rolled over multiple times.

"There was traffic backed up to this location, however whether the actual traffic itself was a cause or factor that is still under investigation," said Taylor.

A single car crash that claimed the life of the driver, after a series of unexpected events on the interstate.

Police have not released the identity of the victim pending notification of next of kin. Police are also still looking for the driver of the logging truck who clipped the power lines.

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