Seven individuals have been killed and three others injured after a pickup truck collided with a group of motorcyclists on a rural two-lane freeway in New Hampshire on Friday night time, the New Hampshire State Police mentioned.
“I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a crash with this much loss of life,” Capt. Chris Vetter mentioned at a information convention on Friday night time.
The motorcyclists have been using east on Route 2 in Randolph, N.H., about 100 miles northeast of Concord, when the pickup truck, a 2016 Dodge 2500, swerved over the yellow line and “jackknifed” into the motorcyclists’ lane round 6:30 p.m., mentioned Jerry Hamanne, the proprietor of the Inn at Bowman Bed and Breakfast. The inn, the place a number of of the motorcyclists have been staying, was about 1,000 yards from the scene of the crash, he mentioned.
The identities of the victims weren’t publicly launched pending notification of their family members.
Two of these injured have been taken to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin, N.H. One individual was discharged and the opposite was taken to a tertiary-care middle, hospital officers mentioned. Information on the situation of the third injured individual was unavailable.
At a information convention on Saturday, the authorities mentioned the motive force of the pickup truck was a 23-year-old man. His identification couldn’t be confirmed. Officials mentioned that the motive force lived in West Springfield, Mass., and that he was the one occupant of the truck. No costs had been filed as of Saturday.
Mr. Hamanne mentioned he heard the pickup truck explode and will see smoke from his inn. He mentioned he searched the inn to see if any of the visitors have been medical doctors. He discovered one and got down to the crash website.
“It was devastating,” Mr. Hamanne mentioned. “Motorcycles were spilled on the highway and there were parts everywhere. There were bodies scattered over the road.”
He mentioned he noticed different drivers get out of their vehicles with blankets and run to the motorcyclists to assist the injured.
“You could hear people screaming and yelling and crying for help,” Mr. Hamanne mentioned. “One guy, we got a rope out of a truck to put a tourniquet on his leg to stop the bleeding. It was all so fast.”
The motorcyclists have been in the world a week after that they had attended the Laconia Motorcycle Week rally. Mr. Hamanne said that the motorcyclists would come once a year in June, and that the group in the crash was made up of Marine Corps veterans.
“After several days of rain, people were out,” Charlie St. Clair, the executive director of Laconia Motorcycle Week, said on Saturday. “Everyone fears someone crossing a lane, but for motorcyclists it is a big fear. Unfortunately sometimes it happens so quick that there is no chance to react and that is probably what happened yesterday.”
Mr. St. Clair said the motorcyclists involved in the crash were part of a group called the Jarheads.
“In my years of riding, this just hasn’t happened,” said Mr. St. Clair, the executive director of the event since 1992. “So many fatalities at once. To have seven riders go down is just terrible.”
The motorcyclists were headed to a charity event at an American Legion in Gorham, N.H., when the crash occurred, according to a GoFundMe page created by the Jarheads.