Mass. man thrown from armored truck after collision in Rochester

ROCHESTER — A Massachusetts man was thrown from the back of an armored truck Friday afternoon after it collided with a Coleman Industry dump truck on Washington Street near exit 13 on the Spaulding Turnpike.

Rochester Police Sgt. Gary Turgeon said William Sullivan, 37, of Ipswich, Mass., was in the enclosed portion of the armored truck when he was ejected. He was taken by ambulance to Frisbie Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Authorities did not know whether the man was a guard, or armed, and it is not believed any money or other items fell from back the truck.

According to Turgeon, Steven Hatch, 52, of Fryeburg, Maine, was driving a 2007 Sterling dump truck owned by Coleman Industry when he was preparing to make a right turn at the entrance of the ongoing construction site when his vehicle was struck by a 2005 Silver International armored truck.

The armored truck, operated by C.M. Harrison, 74, was attempting to pass on the right when it struck the dump truck, and it appears that a door on the armored truck must have come open in the collision, Rochester Police Sgt. Eric Babine said.

Turgeon said both vehicles were traveling west on Washington Street near the underpass to the Spaulding Turnpike when the accident happened. Police received a call at 12:44 p.m.

Because the Coleman truck was working at a construction site at Exit 13, Rochester police called the N.H. State Police to assist at the scene.

The Department of Transportation was also notified of the incident since the area was an active highway construction site.

Rochester fire responded to the scene, along with Frisbie EMS.

No charges have been filed, but the Rochester Police Department is still investigating the case.