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A Hancock police officer was seriously injured in a two-car crash Saturday

A total of three people were hospitalized following the crash

  • A police cruiser was involved in a two-car crash in Hancock Saturday. Courtesy Photo—

  • A police cruiser was involved in a two-car crash in Hancock Saturday. Courtesy Photo—

  • A police cruiser was involved in a two-car crash in Hancock Saturday. Courtesy Photo—


Saturday, November 03, 2018 9:46PM

A Hancock police officer was seriously injured in a two-car crash on Stoddard Road in Hancock Saturday. A Greenfield woman and her passenger were also injured in the crash. All three were hospitalized.

Hancock, Greenfield and the New Hampshire State police responded to a two-car collision on Stoddard Road just north of Hunts Pond Road with reported injury at around 12:28 p.m. on Saturday, Hancock police said in a press release.

Police said Rebecca Dinerstein, 31, of Greenfield, was driving a 1990 Volvo station wagon northbound on Stoddard Road just north of Hunts Pond Road when she lost control of the Volvo and hit a southbound police cruiser, driven by Hancock Officer Cameron Prior, head-on.

Police said the crash occurred when Dinerstein attempted to avoid a limb in the roadway, but instead lost control of the Volvo, which started swerving erratically and then crossed into the southbound lane where the Volvo struck the police cruiser, a 2013 Ford Explorer, head-on.

Police said it appears the Volvo continued to rotate, striking the cruiser for a second time as both vehicles left the southbound shoulder of the roadway before coming to final rest in the ditch.

Prior was injured in the crash and taken to Concord Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Dinerstein was taken to Cheshire Medical Center in Keene with non-life-threatening injuries. Her passenger was also taken to Concord Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The road was closed for 2 hours. The vehicles were recovered and towed from the scene by Mikes Towing of Bennington.

Hancock police were assisted at the scene by the Hancock Fire and Rescue, Peterborough Ambulance, Antrim Ambulance, Greenfield Police, Antrim Police, Hancock Highway, and the NH Department of Transportation.

The accident remains under investigation. Anyone with information, or anyone who may have witnessed the crash, is encouraged to contact New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis& Reconstruction Unit, Trooper First Class Bryan Plamondon at 603-223-8677.