skip navigationNH Web Site
State of New Hampshire State Police
Missing Persons | Wanted Persons | Criminal Offenders | Troop Stations | Searchclear

News and Events

For Immediate Release
July 10, 2019
For more information contact:
Trooper Patrick Randall
(603) 223-8844

Commercial Vehicle Crash, Interstate 93 South, Salem

On Wednesday July 10th 2019, at approximately 1320hrs, Troopers from Troops B and G barracks, and the Salem Fire Department, responded to a reported crash involving two commercial type vehicles. The crash occurred on Interstate 93 South, just North of exit 1 in Salem, NH. When Troopers arrived on scene, they observed a commercial landscaping truck over the guardrail and into the sound barrier on the right side of the roadway. A wood chipper that was being towed by the landscaping truck was in the right breakdown lane. A second commercial vehicle, described as a Box Truck was positioned in the right travel lane and breakdown lane, and had heavy front end damage.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the andscaping vehicle, driven by Chaka Puckeri,n 42 years old, Lowell, Mass, experienced some type of mechanical issue and began to slow down rapidly. Puckerin was attempting to get the vehicle and wood chipper into the breakdown lane, but he was struck from behind by a 2013 HINO Box Truck, driven by Luis Oscar Ruiz, 45 years old, Central Falls, RI.

The box truck sustained major front end damage and Ruiz was trapped in the cab until members of the Salem Fire Department were able to extricate him. Based on observations made by members of the Salem Fire Department, a Medivac helicopter was requested, and Ruiz was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital, with serious injuries.

Puckerin was transported to The Holy Family Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Three lanes of travel were shut down for approximately 2 hours while Troopers processed the scene. The entire interstate was shut down for approximately 1 hour to allow the Medivac Helicopter to land, load Ruiz, and then take off from the scene.

NH DOT also responded to the scene to assist with lane closures and traffic control, until both commercial vehicles were removed and all lanes of travel were open.

All aspects of this crash are still under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Randall at (603)223-8844 or

photo of brightview tree care service vehicle
photo of brightvew tree care service chipper and hino box truck
New Hampshire Department of Safety | 33 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH 03305
TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964
transparent graphic
nh | Privacy Policy | Accessibility Policy