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MANCHESTER — A loaded propane delivery truck left the road and came to rest in a ditch on Route 30 across from Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park on Tuesday afternoon, tying up traffic through downtown Manchester Center.

No injuries were reported, and the cause remained under investigation as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Manchester police.

Traffic was backed up on Bonnet Street (Route 30) as police blocked it off so that tow truck operators, with Manchester firefighters keeping watch, could carefully pull the propane truck onto all four wheels and back to the roadside.

Northshire Rescue Squad also responded to the incident.

The truck is from Dorr Oil, which was founded in Manchester and sold to a New Hampshire company in 2016. The tow trucks were from Dorr Septic Systems Co., which remains locally owned.

It was not immediately clear how the truck, headed south on Bonnet Street, left the road. What was clear was that it left the roadway, cut a deep trench into the grass beyond the shoulder and came to rest on its side, with its left wheels in the air.

The truck was recovered by Monarch Towing, police said.

Reach Greg Sukiennik at or at 802-447-7567, ext. 119.

Greg Sukiennik has worked at all three Vermont News & Media newspapers and was their managing editor from 2017-19. He previously worked for, for the AP in Boston, and at The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass.


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