Northern New England deals with heavy snow

By Holly Ramer

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Jan. 12 2012 1:31 p.m. MST

As the storm increased in intensity, the Maine Turnpike Authority reduced speed limits on the highway from Kittery to Gray to 45 mph. Police in southern Vermont said road conditions there had deteriorated rapidly by late morning, causing numerous accidents. In one case, a truck carrying bottled water rolled over on Route 4 in Mendon, Vt.. The force of the water hitting the roof ripped off the roof, spilling the bottles onto the road.

Authorities applied sand to the road, which became even more icy because of the spilled water. No one was hurt.

In Troy, N.H., the police chief was injured when he got out of his cruiser to investigate a crash and ended up pinned between two vehicles. State police say Troy Police Chief Howard Sheats was struck by a car that lost control on the snowy road, and likely would have suffered more serious injuries if another motorist who saw the car sliding toward him had not honked his horn to alert him.

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Associated Press Writer Clarke Canfield in Portland, Maine, contributed to this report.

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