Jun 10, 2017 9:48 AM

Winchester police searching for white sedan that forced dump truck off the road


WINCHESTER — Police are searching for a white sedan that forced a dump truck off the road and into a utility pole and multiple trees.

Winchester police said at about 4:15 p.m. they responded to the area of Old Westport Road and Fosgate Road for a report of a dump truck with a full load of asphalt that had been forced off the road by another vehicle.

When police arrived, they learned that a dump truck, owned by M&L Asphalt out of Swanzey, had been driving north on Old Westport Road.

As it ascended a small hill near Fosgate Road, a white sedan traveling south came over the hill and was in the dump truck’s lane.

The driver of the dump truck, Joshua Stagner, 33 of Langdon, had to swerve off the roadway to avoid a head-on collision.

The 1987 Freightliner tri-axle dump truck struck the utility pole and then a tree head-on, and three trees on the side of the road prevented the truck from rolling over onto its passenger side.

Witnesses told police the sedan was driving at a high rate of speed. Police didn't get a detailed description of the white sedan because the driver didn't stop after forcing the truck off the road.

Stagner was evaluated by Diluzio Ambulance for minor injuries and did not require further medical attention.

Police and Winchester Fire shut down Old Westport Road near Fosgate Road for approximately 4 hours while crews worked to remove the truck.

The utility pole was broken in half by the impact and wires were down in the roadway. Eversource crews responded and shut off power to lift the wires up so the truck could be removed safely.

The dump truck was eventually removed from the scene by Keene Auto Body using two heavy duty wreckers.

Anyone with information about the white sedan is asked to contact Winchester Police at 603-239-4814.

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