Published: Sun, June 23, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

7 reportedly dead in 'devastating' crash in NH

7 reportedly dead in 'devastating' crash in NH

A black 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer of the kind used to haul cars collided with the bikers around 6.30pm on Friday (local time) on U.S. 2, a two-lane highway in Randolph, police said.

"This is staggering and it's tragic beyond description", Charlie St. Claire, executive director of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, told the Portland Press Herald.

The pickup truck, a 2016 Dodge 2500, was traveling west on Route 2 while the motorcyclists were traveling east, police said.

Police have not released identifying information for anyone involved. Three others were injured, Wagner said.

State Police were working with local police and the Coos County Attorney's Office in investigating the crash.

Officials said the investigation was in its beginning stages.

Dartanyan Gasanov is the owner of Westfield Transport of Springfield, Massachusetts.

A man who identified himself as an owner of Westfield Transport but wouldn't give his name said, "this is a nightmare in reality", adding that he hasn't slept since the crash.

Randolph police could not be reached for comment Friday.

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New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said he and his wife were "deeply saddened" to hear of the tragic accident in Randolph. First and foremost, I want to express our sincerest condolences to the victims and their families.

"Seven people. C'mon. It's senseless", he said. Hamanne said he did not know how many motorcycles were struck. "The survivors are staying at Mount Jefferson View for the rest of the weekend and at this time appreciate our privacy as we care for and heal our members and our family".

Ribeiro told WBZ the group was in the area for their annual meeting.

Her bike went to the ground and she rolled out of harm's way after the Friday collision on Route 2 in Randolph. Investigators pleaded Saturday for members of the public to come forward with information that could help them determine why a pickup truck hauling a trailer collided with a group of motorcycles on a rural highway. "I had my most senior investigators out last night and they had never seen the tragedy they had saw last night".

"Seven people. C'mon. It's senseless", said Bill Brown, a 73-year-old Vietnam War veteran and motorcyclist, who visited the accident scene on Saturday to put down flags.

The crash created a chaotic scene in the town of about 300 people.

"It's tragic", New Hampshire State Police Capt. Chris Vetter told reporters during a late night news conference. Victims services advocates were also deployed.

The National Transportation Safety Board is among the agencies investigating. The pickup truck, which appeared to be carrying a flatbed trailer, was on fire when emergency crews arrived.

Officials have yet to release the names of the dead, or of the three riders who were injured but survived. The no helmet issue is something the state has been dealing with for ages.

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