Dracut driver crashes truck, spills cargo in N.H. after allegedly driving under the influence

A Dracut man was arrested for driving while intoxicated in New Hampshire on Monday after he lost control of the tractor-trailer he was driving, leading to the closure of Interstate 95 for five hours after the trailer split open and dumped bottled water alongside the highway.

John Keller, 49, was allegedly driving the truck on I-95 south in North Hampton, N.H., around 10:10 p.m. when he lost control of it, veered off the road, and eventually stopped after hitting several trees along the western shoulder, according to New Hampshire State Police.

The 1995 Peterbilt truck had a 53-foot box trailer carrying bottled water, State Police said.


“The force of the impact caused the trailer to rupture and spill its cargo of bottled water along the shoulder of the Interstate,” State Police wrote in a statement.

A portion of I-95 was closed for about five hours.

Keller was taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital, but was not significantly injured in the crash, according to State Police.

He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

Keller, who was released on bail, is expected to appear in Seabrook District Court on July 26, State Police said.

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