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Feb 3, 2015 3:06 PM

2 State Police cruisers hit on Tuesday


CONCORD - Two State Police cruisers were hit in separate accidents Tuesday. Police said both accidents were caused by drivers traveling too fast for road conditions.

In the first incident, on Tuesday, at about 10:15 a.m., Trooper First Class Eric Shirley of the New Hampshire State Police-Troop D was investigating a crash on Interstate 93 northbound at the Exit 14 off ramp in Concord.

Shirley's cruiser was stopped near the end of the ramp near the Loudon Road intersection. His cruiser was behind a damaged vehicle waiting for a tow truck.

A 2010 Nissan Versa driven by Donna Ashely, 61, of Henniker was traveling down the ramp when her vehicle lost control and slid into the rear end of Shirley's cruiser.

Ashley's vehicle had front end damage and was required to be towed from the scene. Shirley's cruiser sustained damage to rear bumper and it was driven.

Police said Ashley was found to be at fault for the collision for driving at a speed in excess of the existing road conditions and she was issued a summons.

This is not the first time that Shirley's cruiser has been hit while protecting the scene of a crash. In January 2014, Shirley's cruiser was struck on the Exit 20 off ramp in Tilton On I-93 that resulted in personal injury.

In the second incident, around 11:10 a.m., Sgt. Steven Callinan was on scene of a crash at the top of the on-ramp for Exit 4 and Route 102 in Londonderry. Callinan had his cruiser in position to protect the scene, with his emergency lights on, as he dealt with a vehicle that had slid off the road into a snowbank.

While investigating the crash, a white box truck driven by Raymond Wallace, of Merrimack, lost control while turning to take the northbound on ramp. He hit the rear of the cruiser.

Both vehicles were driven from the scene, and police said Wallace driving too fast for the existing road conditions.

There were no injuries in either accident.

State Police continue to urge motorist to use reducevehicle speed during inclement weather.


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