On-duty NH state trooper injured in cruiser crash in Bartlett

May 2—An on-duty state trooper suffered non-life-threatening injuries when his cruiser went off Route 302 and hit a utility pole early Thursday in Bartlett, officials said.

The crash occurred at 3:20 a.m. while Sgt. Nathan Johnston was traveling eastbound when, "for reasons that remain under investigation," State Police said in a news release, the cruiser went off the shoulder of the road and hit a utility pole, bringing down utility wires.

Johnston, a 20-year veteran, called for help, and members of the Bartlett Fire Department, Bartlett Police Department, State Police and utility crews responded to the scene.

After power lines were turned off, Sgt. Johnston safely got out of the cruiser. He was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in North Conway for evaluation of his injuries and later released.

Traffic in the area of the crash was slowed as crews worked to repair the utility pole.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact Sgt. Seth Turner of Troop G via email at Seth.B.Turner@dos.nh.gov or through State Police dispatch at 603-223-4381.

No further information was available Thursday.