Windham Officer Struck Directing Traffic

February 9, 2019 GMT

WINDHAM, N.H. -- A Windham police officer was struck Friday afternoon while directing traffic at the intersection of Route 111 and Range Road, according to New Hampshire State Police.

Officer Van Hirtum responded to the intersection to direct traffic after a power outage caused the traffic signals to malfunction, according to a State Police press release. While outside of his cruiser, Hirtum was struck by 48-year-old Sean Norton, of Salem, N.H., around 4:30 p.m.

“It was learned Officer Van Hirtum had responded to the intersection to direct traffic and while he was doing so, Officer Van Hirtum was struck by Norton’s vehicle as Norton attempted to make a left hand turn onto Range Road from Route 111 west,” stated the release.

Hirtum was transported to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua. State Police did not have an update on Hirtum’s condition Saturday morning.

The accident is still being investigated. Those with information on the accident should contact Trooper John Tyo at 603-223-4381 or John.Tyo@dos.nh.gov .

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