Accident caused mile-long backup

MERRIMACK – A single-car crash on the F.E. Everett Turnpike caused a miles-long traffic backup during rush hour early Thursday evening, state police said.

Mary Hunt, 63, of Bedford, was traveling north in a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe just before 4 p.m. when she lost control and crashed into some trees, said State Trooper Kieran Fagan.

Merrimack police and fire also responded to the crash, which occurred north of Exit 12, about a mile south of the Bedford tolls. Hunt suffered cuts and bruises and was brought to Elliot Hospital in Manchester for treatment.

Alcohol and speed were not factors in the incident, Fagan said. Witnesses reported to police that Hunt had been swerving just before the crash, Fagan added. Police are investigating if there was a mechanical issue.

Turnpike traffic was backed up for miles as emergency crews occupied the right-hand lane for about a half hour after the crash, Fagan said. The backup, which extended even further south than Exit 11, continued into the evening commute.