Truck driver falls asleep and blocks stretch of Interstate 89 in Grantham
Lumber and scaffolding scattered across highway
GRANTHAM, NH - The southbound lanes of Interstate 89 in Grantham were shut down for nearly three hours on Tuesday after a commercial truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a guardrail.
Eric Dechellis, 28, of Manchester, New Hampshire was driving a white Hino flatbed truck which belonged to New England Scaffolding Services on a run from Burlington, Vermont to the company's headquarters in Bow, New Hampshire when he fell asleep around 11 a.m., New Hampshire State Police reported.
Dechellis sustained severe lacerations to his head and his shoulder and was transported by ambulance to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment of the injuries, which state police said were not considered life-threatening.
Traffic was detoured around the scene beginning at Exit 13 while state police wrapped up their crash investigation and crews removed the vehicle and cleaned up the roadway.