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Mar 21, 2016 4:37 PM

1 NH State Trooper pinned between cars, another's cruiser hit on I-95 during snow storm


PORTSMOUTH - In the midst of Monday morning's snowfall, one state trooper got pinned between two vehicles on Interstate 95 while another trooper's cruiser got hit from behind.

Trooper Scott Garton was standing outside his cruiser to report an accident along the highway Monday, when an oncoming car spun out of control.

The car driven, by 64-year-old Kathleen Shippy, slid into the breakdown toward Garton. He tried to move out of the way but the passenger doors of Shippy's car hit him.

Although Garton was pinned between his cruiser and Shippy's vehicle, the collision was not at high speed and he suffered minor injuries to the hips and legs.

The responding officer to Garton's incident, Sgt. Steven Cooper responded to the scene soon after where a third car driven by 46-year-old Toby MacGrath spun out of control then struck Cooper's police cruiser. As a result Sgt. Cooper complained of injuries to his back.

After reviewing the evidence and statements of all those involved, Shippy was charged with a violation level offense of negligent driving, while MacGrath was charged with a violation level offense of following too closely.


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