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Hampstead man swerves to avoid pallet, rolls SUV several times

Union Leader Correspondent

November 13. 2017 9:51PM
Police said the driver of this SUV escaped injury after rolling when he tried to avoid a pallet in the roadway. (Hampstead Police Department)

HAMPSTEAD — A Hampstead man escaped injury when his vehicle rolled several times after he swerved to avoid hitting a wooden pallet that fell out of a truck, police said.

Ryan Benson, 32, told investigators he was traveling east on Route 111 just west of Starwood Drive Saturday afternoon when an empty wooden pallet fell off a truck in front of him and landed in his travel lane.

He swerved into the westbound lane to avoid striking it, police said. Benson overcorrected, police said, which caused his 2005 Chevy Trailblazer SUV to flip and roll several times.

Police said Benson’s vehicle sustained significant damage; he refused any medical attention.

Benson told police that the truck carrying the pallet was gold-colored and that the driver didn’t stop.

Police posted a description of the pickup truck on the Hampstead Police Department’s Facebook page, which prompted a call on Sunday from Daniel Armstrong, 24, of Danville.

Armstrong told police that it was most likely a pallet from his truck and that he didn’t realize it had fallen off.

Armstrong reported that he was traveling through the area at the time in his 2003 GMC Sierra with a load of wooden pallets.

The accident remains under investigation.

Police said they don’t expect charges to be filed.

Public Safety General News Hampstead

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