Windham County deputy involved in collision on Route 9 in Chesterfield

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CHESTERFIELD, N.H. — A deputy from the Windham County Sheriff's office was involved in a collision with a Chevy Blazer on Route 9 Saturday morning.

At approximately 10:20 a.m., patrol officer Lester Fairbanks from the Chesterfield Police Department reported to the scene and said that neither operator sustained any injuries. According to Fairbanks, the Blazer was travelling westbound on Route 9 in Chesterfield, just past Twin Brook Road, when the driver lost control of the vehicle due to the road conditions that consisted of rain and snow.

The driver then struck the guardrail on the opposite side of the traffic and was simultaneously hit on the passenger side of the vehicle by the operator of the cruiser, Brett Gaylord.

"The deputy had a small burn on one hand from the powder in the cruiser's airbags," said Fairbanks. He noted that the cruiser was a 2011 vehicle and that some of the airbags within older vehicles contain a powdery substance that may cause such injuries.

According to Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark, Gaylord was travelling home on Route 9 after a day of work. Clark notes that all deputies have the freedom of living outside of the state in which they work and they are allowed to take the cruisers home as a "benefit" of the job. Clark is the only one in the office who is required to live within the state in which he works.

Chesterfield Police Department and Rescue Inc. responded to the scene along with the Chesterfield Fire Department due to a "small fuel leak" in one of the vehicles, according to Fairbanks.

According to Clark, both operators were wearing their seat belts at the time of the incident.

"Seat belts save lives," Clark wrote on a live Twitter post.

A further investigation of the crash is being conducted by the Chesterfield Police Department.

Maddi Shaw can be reached at 802-254-2311 ext 275


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