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March 9, 2013

Manchester Police/Fire: Storm downs tree, triggers road crashes

Manchester Police/Fire

MANCHESTER — Police reported a number of incidents tied to the two-day storm, including a large tree that came crashing down on Ancient County Road around 1:45 p.m. Thursday.

Police said the tree took down power lines as well. National Grid crews also responded to the scene.

A series of car accidents took place throughout Manchester both Thursday and Friday, but there were no injuries reported.

The accidents occurred at 3 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 3:20 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. around Manchester.

The first occurred just past the Manchester town line on Route 128 South in Gloucester, the second took place in Manchester along Route 128 North, the third involved a car with a missing tire on School Street, and the last one took place on Route 128 North as well.

Thursday night, a car ran into the median on Route 128 southbound and had to be towed from the area; the accident happened just before midnight.

Friday morning at 5:15 a.m., another single-vehicle accident occurred on Route 128 northbound; the car was towed from the area.

Later that morning at 10:05 a.m., a car hit a guard rail on Route 128 southbound.

Ocean Street remained closed on Friday due to the storm surge and Raymond Street was closed briefly Friday morning.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or at

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