Driver punches driver at crash. White River Junction man falls in front of on-coming tractor-trailer

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Eric Francis

Serious, but not life-threatening, injuries are the result

WEST LEBANON, NH -  Fisticuffs at the scene of a fender-bender on the Exit 20 off-ramp Tuesday morning caused one of the drivers to fall into the path of a tractor-trailer which then struck him, causing serious injuries, New Hampshire State Police are reporting.

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    The mishap occurred on the ramp leading down from Interstate 89 to the shopping plazas in West Lebanon at approximately 9:30 a.m. and initially involved a 2002 Toyota Camry driven by Jeremy Potwin, 47, of South Royalton and a 2002 Subaru Legacy driven by Roderick Ricker, 65, of White River Junction.

    State police said a verbal disagreement erupted between the two after the accident when they stepped out of their cars and at some point Potwin allegedly punched Ricker, causing Ricker to fall into the roadway where he was then struck by the passing 18-wheeler.

    Ricker was transported by ambulance to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening, injuries and police closed the ramp down for approximately an hour to carry out their investigation into the incident.

    New Hampshire State Police Trooper Catalfamo said Tuesday afternoon that the investigation is on-going and he urged anyone who might have additional information to call him at (603) 271-3635.

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