Woman hurt in turnpike crash
NASHUA – A 78-year-old Massachusetts woman was injured when her car did a slow roll onto its roof on the F.E. Everett Turnpike on Wednesday.
Phyllis Foley of Littleton, Mass., was treated and released from St. Joseph Hospital after the crash, which happened about 5:10 p.m. at that edge of the southbound Exit 6 off-ramp.
State Trooper Timothy Stearns of Troop B said Foley, who was unfamiliar with the area, was attempting to enter the turnpike from the Exit 7 on-ramp when she realized she was heading into the Exit 6 off-ramp and veered to the left, hitting a snow bank at the edge of the Exit 6 off-ramp.
After the initial impact, Stearns said Foley’s green 1995 Mercury Tracer slowly rode up on the snow bank, then toppled over onto its roof.
“Very gently,” he said.
Foley was wearing her seatbelt and received only minor injuries in the crash, Stearns said.
He said Foley told him she had been doing Christmas shopping in the area prior to the crash.
The crash added to the regular heavy rush-hour traffic conditions that were only made worse by the steady rain.
Traffic on the northbound side of the turnpike backed all the way to Exit 2 caused by a combination of the rush-hour traffic and curious onlookers.
At 5:45 p.m., wrecking crews were just backing up to the flipped car in order to begin the work to tow it from the scene.
Stephanie Hooper can be reached at 594-6413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.