State Police Cruiser Accident Closes I-89 for 2 hours

 I-89 North Bound near Grantham was closed for most of two hours and caused a back up of traffic for 2 and 1/2 miles shortly before 9 am on Friday due to an accident when another car slammed a State Police cruiser. Trooper James Stienmetz of Troop D, left his cruiser to inspect a pick-up truck parked in the breakdown lane and while issuing an abandoned motor vehicle sticker to the truck, a 2012 Honda Civic driven by 23-year-old Robert Grady of Londonderry slammed into the back of the cruiser and sent it into the rear of the pick-up truck.
Stienmetz was not struck, but taken to DHMC for evaluation; a state police bloodhound that was in the cruiser was taken to a local vet. Neither the trooper nor the canine received injuries. Grady reported no injuries but was evaluated at the scene and released. 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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