Route 9 Crash

Rescuers respond to a tractor-trailer crash on Route 9 at Locust Avenue Thursday night.

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CHESTERFIELD, N.H. — A tractor-trailer driver is in serious condition after a collision on Route 9 at Locust Lane Thursday night at 10:30.

According to the New Hampshire State Police, Norman Cobb, of Chesterfield, was backing his tractor-trailer into his driveway, located on the eastbound side of Route 9, when the crash happened.

“The driver lives at that house and was just coming back from his run,” said Rick Cooper, Chesterfield Fire Chief.

The driver told Cooper he did not see the other truck, driven by David Troup, 64, of Commerce City, Colorado, until right before it struck his trailer, splitting it in two and ripping it from the cab. Cooper said Cobb was not injured in the crash.

According to the State Police, Troup, who was on his way to United Natural Foods on Stow Drive, sustained serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

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According to Cooper, it took 20 to 30 minutes to extricate the east-bound driver from his rig. The driver was transported by Rescue Inc. to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital before being airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon.

“We had to get an excavator in there to take the trailer apart section by section to clear the road,” said Cooper.

This crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Trooper James Lamoureux via Troop C dispatch at 603-223-8494, or by email at

Cooper said firefighters from Brattleboro, Vt., as well as Westmoreland and Spofford, N.H. responded to assist on the scene. Firefighters and the State Police were assisted by officers with the Chesterfield Police Department and the Brattleboro Police Department.

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