New Hampshire

Police Cruiser Totaled in Bedford, NH Crash

A police cruiser was involved in a crash late Saturday.

According to police in Bedford, New Hampshire, a preliminary investigation suggests that an on-duty police officer, operating a marked police cruiser, attempted to stop a vehicle for a violation at about 10:15 p.m. at the intersection of South River and Kilton Roads.

The cruiser proceeded through the intersection with its emergency lights on when it collided with a third vehicle, police said.

The impact of the crash sent the cruiser into a tree.

The police officer and the operator of the third vehicle, a 56-year-old Bedford woman, were transported to local hospitals. The officer was treated and released, and the other victim was admitted with injuries that are serious but not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

According to police, both vehicles sustained serious damage. The police cruiser was considered a total loss.

The officer had been trying to stop a black sedan after it ran two red lights while traveling north on South River Road. The first incident was at the Market and Main entrance, and the second was at the Kilton Road intersection.

The driver didn't remain on scene, police said.

The intersection was closed for several hours as the Bedford Technical Accident Reconstruction Team investigated the scene.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call Bedford Police at 603-472-5113.

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