While working a paving detail early Thursday along Interstate 95 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire State Trooper Jesse Sherrill, 44, was struck by a tractor-trailer and taken to the hospital, where he later died.
October 30, 2021 – By Erin Tiernan – Source Boston Herald
A New Hampshire State Police trooper died in a crash involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 in Portsmouth early Thursday morning, according to authorities.
Officials identified the trooper who was killed as Staff Sgt. Jesse Sherrill, 44. Sherrill was working a New Hampshire Department of Transportation paving detail on the northbound side of I-95 near Exit 3 when he was hit by a tractor-trailer shortly after 12:30 a.m., officials said.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital, where he was treated and released. Sherrill was also taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A road crew was installing rumble strips along I-95 at the time of the crash.
Lanes on I-95 closed for the better part of 10 hours in the aftermath of the crash, were expected to remain closed on Thursday morning as part of the investigation, officials said.
Sherrill began his law enforcement career in 2001 with the Hooksett Police Department. He joined the New Hampshire State Police a year later in 2002 and over the last 19 years, became known as a “troopers’ trooper, a consummate, dedicated professional and a true family man,” said N.H. State Police Colonel Nathan Noyes.
Sherrill was named assistant troop commander of Troop A in August.
Gov. Chris Sununu ordered that flags be flown at half staff through sunset on Sunday.
“Obviously, the entire state of New Hampshire is mourning the loss of Staff Sergeant Sherill,” Sununu said at a Thursday morning press conference. “He was steadfast and devoted to the safety and well being of all of his fellow Granite Staters. That he died while in the line of service is a terrible tragedy.”
“He was an individual who nobly answered that call to service and who was steadfast and devoted to the safety and well-being of all of his fellow Granite Staters,” Sununu continued.
The crash remains under investigation. No charges have been filed in connection with the crash, which remains under investigation.
Police are asking anyone with information about the crash to call the state police at 603-223-4381 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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