N.H. police officer struck by car

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WINDHAM, N.H. (AP) – A Derry police officer was struck by a pickup truck on Wednesday afternoon in Windham as he was supervising construction along Route 28.

Officer Robert Moore, 34, was taken to a Boston-area hospital; police said his injuries were not life-threatening. Windham Police Chief Gerald Lewis said the six-year veteran was conscious and alert.

The woman driving the pickup, Susan Foss of Derry, 43, was arrested on a charge of drunken driving, police said.

She was not hurt.

Foss was convicted of drunken driving in Nashua in 1998 and again in Salem in 1999. Police said she is out on bail after an arrest on suspicion of drunken driving in Pelham on July 8.

Route 28 was closed for a while in both directions between Windham and Salem following the accident, which happened at about 3:15 p.m.

Moore, who was wearing a uniform and a traffic vest, was supervising the Route 111 bypass construction zone and had stopped traffic to allow a piece of heavy equipment to get by, police said.

“He was then allowing traffic to start flowing again and allowed one lane of traffic to move and turned to signal the other lane to continue, at which point he was immediately struck,” Lewis told WMUR-TV.

The road project has been going on for one year without any major problems, Lewis said.

“There’s a lot going on. That’s why we have police officers out here with vehicles in uniform with vests on. They’re plainly visible,” he said. “It’s an intoxicated driver who should not have been on the road in the first place.”

AP-ES-07-25-07 2029EDT

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