Van Rolls and Slides on Roof into Downtown Manchester Alley

A van rolled in downtown Manchester Thursday night, sliding on its roof into an alley as it came off the West Marion Street Bridge.

It happened around 8:20 pm – just minutes after the Manchester Window Walk ended, in which hundreds of people had been enjoying holiday festivities just a block or two from where the van crashed.

Manchester Police say the van was heading east over the West Marion Street Bridge when the driver left the road and drove up onto the bridge. The driver over-corrected and traveled a little over 100 feet before striking the bridge again. The impact caused the van to flip over and slid on its roof for about 250 feet before coming to rest in the alley next to Olive That Deli on the east side of South Franklin Street. (see police diagram pictured below)

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The driver, 27-year old Michael Ahrens of Manchester, was not injured – nor was anyone else.

Ahrens faces several charges, including Reckless Driving, Driving with a Suspended License, Striking Fixtures Upon a Highway and Failure to Maintain Control.

His van was a total loss. Police say there was about one thousand dollars in damage to the guardrails along the bridge, but no other property damage was evident.