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For Immediate Release
March 14, 2019
For more information contact:
Lieutenant Andrew Player
603 223-8778

Operation Sunrise Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement

On March 14, 2019, members of New Hampshire State Police – Troop G participated in Operation Sunrise by focusing on commercial motor vehicle enforcement during the early morning hours through the morning commute. Six Troopers focused their enforcement efforts in towns of Barrington, Bedford, Benton, Concord, Dover, Gorham, Newington, North Conway, and Rumney, New Hampshire between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 10 a.m. During that time, Troopers inspected 18 commercial motor vehicles and discovered 62 violations. Of those violations, 3 were so severe that they created a condition where the vehicle or its driver was placed out of service. Members of Troop G are highly skilled Troopers who have received specialized training to conduct roadside inspections of commercial motor vehicles.

During the pre-dawn hours, TFC Turner located a tractor trailer driving through Gorham without working headlights that was 22,600 pounds overweight. TFC Turner also located two other commercial motor vehicles that were nearly 10,000 pounds overweight and a third that was 34,500 pounds overweight. In Gorham, Trooper Raymond stopped a 1987 Peterbilt that had defective brakes and was 13,200 pounds overweight. While working in the Rumney area, Trooper Raymond also stopped a tractor trailer that was more than 26,600 pounds overweight. In Rochester, TFC Doran stopped a tractor trailer and found that the driver was operating without a commercial driver's license.

In Concord, Trooper First Class Abbott Presby and Trooper First Class Scott Atherton assisted Troopers from Troop D by conducting an inspection of a commercial vehicle that crashed into a bridge along Interstate 93 South Bound near Exit 17. Joseph Brady, age 57, of Conway, NH, was operating a 2017 Sterling dump truck when the dump body activated into the raised position and struck the Route 4 overpass. The dump body was torn from the truck and came to a rest in the travel lane of the highway. Brady lost control of the vehicle and skidded to a stop several hundred feet away. The crash caused significant damage to the bridge and the interstate was shut down for several hours while the Department of Transportation made repairs. Three other vehicles were involved in another crash at the scene trying to avoid debris. Troopers at the scene of the crash were assisted by the Concord Police Department, the Concord Fire Department and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. The vehicles were removed from the scene by John's Towing, J&D Towing, and AAA of Northern New England.

The New Hampshire State Police are committed to ensuring safe travel throughout the State and encourage motorists to drive safely when operating around commercial motor vehicles.

photo of state police inspecting dump truck

TFC Abbott Presby and TFC Scott Atherton
inspect a dump truck that struck a bridge
along Interstate 93 South Bound in Concord.

photo showing debris in road at accident scene

Debris blocked the roadway after a dump
truck struck a bridge along
Interstate 93 South Bound in Concord.

photo of dump portion of truck in roadway

The dump body of a commercial motor vehicle
was torn from the vehicle after striking a bridge
along Interstate 93 South Bound in Concord.

   
 
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