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Officer injured, cruiser damaged in Hancock crash Saturday

  • 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



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, November 06, 2018 10:55AM

A Hancock police cruiser is likely totaled and an officer is injured after a two-car collision on Stoddard Road Saturday afternoon.

Police Chief Andrew Wood said Monday that officer Cameron Prior sustained a serious foot injury in the accident – which occurred around 12:28 p.m. on Stoddard Road north of Hunts Pond Road –and will continue to seek treatment, though he has been released from the hospital.

The police cruiser – a 2013 Ford Explorer – is believed to be totaled, Wood said, though he has yet to meet with the town’s insurance agency to look the vehicle over.

The cruiser is the newest of the department’s three cruisers.

“It puts us in a big bind, as it’s one of our main patrol vehicle,” Police Chief Andrew Wood said Monday.

Initial police investigation states that a 1990 Volvo station wagon driven by Rebecca Dinerstein, 31, of Greenfield, was traveling north on Stoddard Road, when it struck the police cruiser head-on.

Dinerstein tried to avoid a tree limb in the roadway when she lost controls of the vehicle and swerved into the southbound lane, according to a Hancock Police Department press release.

It appears the Volvo rotated after the initial collision and struck the cruiser a second time. Both vehicles came to rest in a ditch on the south side of the road.

Prior was taken to Concord Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries and was later released.

Dinerstein was taken to Cheshire Medical Center and her passenger was taken to Concord Hospital, both with non-life threatening injuries.

Wood said the investigation will be conducted by the New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit, as a Hancock police officer and cruiser was involved in the accident.

Stoddard Road was closed for two hours.

The vehicles were both towed from the scene.

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

Anyone with information on the crash should contact Trooper First Class Bryan Plamondon with the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at 223-8677.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.