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Travel Trouble: Roads Closed, Trains Derailed and Flights Grounded by Storm
The nor'easter that hit the East Coast on Wednesday night caused travel problems across New England.
In New Hampshire, officials closed Interstate 95 in Portsmouth for about 2½ hours around 8 a.m. after a utility pole snapped, causing wires to fall into the road near the Route 33 overpass. The highway has since reopened but will need to be closed again to replace the line.
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By 2 p.m., New Hampshire State Police had responded to 168 crashes and vehicles off the road since the start of the storm and 41 roads remained closed statewide.
In Wilmington, Massachusetts a tree limb weighed down by snow that snapped off and became wedged in a switch is the likely cause of a commuter train derailment in Massachusetts.
There were about 100 passengers on board but no one was hurt when the Boston-bound train derailed in Wilmington at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday.
Tory Mazzola, a spokesman for Keolis Commuter Services, which runs the system for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, called it a "low-speed derailment."
He says it appears the train struck a tree branch that had come down during the storm, dragged it several hundred feet until it snapped and became wedged in the switch.
The National Weather Service reports that Wilmington got more than 10 inches of snow.
The derailment remains under investigation.
The MBTA reported multiple storm-related delays.
Airlines also delayed several flights.
As of 2 p.m., four departures at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport had been pushed back several hours. At Logan International Airport in Boston, several flights also either were delayed or canceled.
Emergency officials asked residents who didn't have to go to work or elsewhere on Thursday to stay home.
Gov. Chris Sununu also asked people to stay away the seawall in Hampton. In the past week, many people have flocked to the ocean to get a look at the flooding and extreme tides.
Material from The Associated Press contributed to this report.