April 08, 2020

Time to Share; Trees fail to stop 2 inventive drivers in New Hampshire

STODDARD, N.H. — Two women stopped by storm-downed trees that blocked Route 9 came up with a King Solomonlike solution: They switched sides and drove off in each other’s cars.

Their story is among several from the aftermath of the ice storm, which left thousands of people without power in New Hampshire.

In the car swap, Jean McLean was driving home to Stoddard last Thursday night from Franklin Pierce College’s Concord campus as the storm began to intensify.

Coming the other way was Heidi Brooks, also of Stoddard. She was going to her job in Hillsboro.

But both women were halted by trees that had fallen across the road.

The women started talking, and one knew the other’s roommate. Then they came up with an idea: swap vehicles.

“I said, `I’m not going to sit here,”‘ McLean said. “I asked her where she was going, and I said, `There’s no way we’re going to get out of here.”‘

About 10 minutes later, McLean was safely home, and Brooks was safely at work.

Brooks came home after her shift ended Friday morning and the two switched back to their own vehicles.

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