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NH State police cruiser, car in accident on I-89

August 10, 2012
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CONCORD, N.H.—New Hampshire State Police are still investigating why a driver veered off Interstate 89 and slammed into the rear of a parked state police cruiser with its blue lights activated.

Police say no one sustained serious injuries in the accident that occurred on Northbound I-89 in Grantham just before 9 a.m.

Trooper James Stienmetz of Troop D left his cruiser to inspect a pick-up truck parked in the breakdown lane. Stienmetz was affixing an abandoned motor vehicle sticker to the truck's rear window when a 2012 Honda Civic driven by 23-year-old Robert Grady of Londonderry slammed into the back of the cruiser, sending it careening into the rear of the pick-up truck.

Stienmetz was not struck, but was taken to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center to be evaluated. His 2-year-old bloodhound, Dozer, was in the car at the time of the accident and was taken to a Grantham vet to be evaluated. The dog was found to be fine and was released. Grady reported no injuries but was evaluated at the scene and released.

The accident closed the highway for over an hour. It was reopened by 11 a.m.

Police are still investigating the cause of the accident, but say they have ruled out drugs and alcohol as contributing factors.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call Troop D in Concord at 223-8760.

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Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com

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