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HARVARD — The final month of 2007, with its cold temperatures and record-breaking snowfall, was hard for budget-restricted public works departments to cope with.

In Harvard, with its miles of scenic, hilly, rural roads, conditions were challenging and resulted in a total of 17 motor-vehicle accidents.

Though most were minor, one incident, involving two town trucks and a Honda minivan, was not. It took place at approximately 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

The road was slushy and snow-covered when the woman driving the minivan stopped due to a tree limb in the road, according to the incident report. The result was a three-vehicle pileup.

The plow truck traveling in back of her swerved to avoid a collision but clipped the van. A second plow, traveling behind the first, rear-ended the other truck then hit a tree.

Four DPW employees in the two trucks were transported to Emerson Hospital in Concord. None of them were wearing a seat belt, the report states. The minivan driver was wearing a seat belt, it says, and was not injured.

One of the town trucks was badly damaged. It was towed to the DPW yard.

Police estimated it a total loss. No citations were issued. — M.E. Jones

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