I-89 in the Lebanon NH and Hartford VT was closed for several hours last night after a fatal vehicle crash shortly before 9 pm. Police say Daniel Cowdry 38 of Hartford VT was traveling north in the southbound lane when he struck Ellyn Koelsch’s Nissan. Koelsch 34 of North Kingston RI was pronounced dead at the scene. A four-year male passenger in her car was taken to D.H.M.C. with serious injuries.
Cowdry suffered minor injuries and was taken to D.H.M.C. for treatment where he was arrested for Driving Under the Influence.
The accident happened in southbound lane south of exit 20. Traffic was being detoured onto Glenn Road.
At this time, it does appear that drugs or alcohol were factors as well as driving the wrong way on the interstate; however, all aspects of the crash remain under investigation by the C.A.R. Unit. Anyone with further information related to this crash please contact Trooper Thomas Conlon 603-223-8614.l