Truck closes Route 11 in midday accident

By Shawn Cunningham
© 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC

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A Reed’s truck helps to right the overturned concrete pumper.

At about noon today, Wednesday, July 20, a concrete pumping truck traveling west on Route 11 in Londonderry ran off the highway, crashed into some trees and wound up half overturned in the ditch.

The accident closed the road for the entire afternoon and remained closed at 6 p.m.

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The Reed’s truck with the concrete pumper behind.

Christopher Leitos, 30, of Lakeville, Mass., was driving the 60,000-pound truck from Lebanon, N.H., to Manchester, Vt., when he lost control and was pulled down into the ditch.

Crews from Green Mountain Power and tree contractors were working nearby and witnessed the accident. No one was hurt in the crash. The truck is owned by Performance Concrete Pumping from Pelham, N.H.

Cpl. Michael Hebert of DMV Enforcement said that the driver said he was scratching his eye and lost control of the rig, which does not carry concrete but is equipped with a pump and a large number of pipes.

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Two trucks work to pull the concrete pumper.

Hebert said he did not know if the driver was on his phone, but thought it unlikely since there is no service in that area.

Reed’s Truck service was called to recover the pumper and at 6 p.m. Hebert thought it might be another hour before the road was re-opened to traffic. Hebert said that only one residence in the area had lost power but that the GMP crew was standing by with a new pole and would reconnect the house as soon as the area was clear.


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The pumper sits in the ditch.

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