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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Nashua driver hits Hollis police cruiser in breakdown lane of Route 101A

HOLLIS – A Nashua man ran his car into a police cruiser Saturday evening while the cruiser was stopped in the breakdown lane of Route 101A, but nobody was injured.

Hollis police said Officer Joseph Wallent was conducting a vehicle stop on the short stretch of Route 101A that runs through Hollis at about 8:50 p.m. on Saturday when the accident occurred. The cruiser was in the breakdown lane on the eastbound side of the roadway with its emergency lights activated. ...

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HOLLIS – A Nashua man ran his car into a police cruiser Saturday evening while the cruiser was stopped in the breakdown lane of Route 101A, but nobody was injured.

Hollis police said Officer Joseph Wallent was conducting a vehicle stop on the short stretch of Route 101A that runs through Hollis at about 8:50 p.m. on Saturday when the accident occurred. The cruiser was in the breakdown lane on the eastbound side of the roadway with its emergency lights activated.

Just before Wallent left the cruiser to approach the operator, a car traveling in the right lane on the eastbound side of the roadway failed to move over and struck the cruiser in the driver side front end.

The car, a 2013 Toyota Avalon, was operated by Paul Hackel, age 84, of Bellingrath Place in Nashua. Neither party was injured.

State police are investigating, said Hollis Lt. Richard Mello.

New Hampshire state law, RSA 265:37-A, says that motorists are required to move over for stopped emergency personnel.

Specifically it says motorists should slow down and “give a wide berth, without endangering oncoming traffic, to public safety personnel, any persons in the roadway, and stationary vehicles displaying blue, red, or amber emergency or warning lights.”

– TELEGRAPH STAFF