Seven dead as truck collides with motorbikes in New Hampshire, US
Seven people have died in a crash between a truck and a group of motorbikes on a rural two-lane road in New Hampshire, US. Three people were also injured in the collision between the 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck and the riders on Route 2 in Randolph, New Hampshire, on Friday evening, 21 June 2019. The truck was on fire when emergency crews arrived at the crash site. Onlookers rushed to help the injured motorists strewn along the road and described a "devastating" scene. New Hampshire State Police Captain Chris Vetter said, "It's tragic for those involved, tragic for the families, so we're doing our job, we're doing our work and our thoughts are with the people who were adversely affected by this."
Parts of the rural two-lane highway were closed after the crash as investigators search for clues about what caused it. A photo posted by WMUR-TV showed motorbikes and wreckage scattered across the highway and a truck on the shoulder in flames.
One witness, 21-year-old Miranda Thompson, said there was "debris everywhere" and recalled seeing a truck in flames on the side of the highway and six motorbikes. "People were in the grass," she said. "There were people putting tourniquets on people, trying to make sure they didn't move."
Jerry Hamanne, co-owner of a nearby bed-and-breakfast that was hosting one of the bikers in the group, said he and a doctor went to help. He said, "It was so devastating to see the bodies on the road. My God, I don't want to see something like this again."
The crash happened around 500ft (152,4m) from lodgings where most of the motorcyclists were staying, Hamanne said.
Officials have since identified the seven people killed in a crash in New Hampshire on Friday. Four of the victims were from New Hampshire, two from Massachusetts and one from Rhode Island. All of the victims died of blunt trauma. The crash involved a pickup truck towing a trailer and 10 motorcycles. Police said the truck was traveling west on Route 2 when it collided with the motorcycles that were traveling east.
All of those killed were on motorcycles and they were all members or supporters of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, which is made up of Marine veterans.
The victims were identified as:
Michael Ferazzi, 62, of Contoocook
Albert Mazza, 49, of Lee
Desma Oakes, 42, of Concord
Aaron Perry, 45, of Farmington
Daniel Pereira, 58, of Riverside, Rhode Island
Joanne and Edward Corr, 58, of Lakeville, Massachusetts
“I don’t think the word devastation can begin to describe the pain and anguish," Deputy Attorney General Jane Young said at a press conference. Governor Chris Sununu has directed flags to fly at half-staff on Monday in honour of the victims.
The driver of the pickup has been identified as Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, of West Springfield, Massachusetts. He is not currently facing any charges but the crash remains under investigation.
Source: Sky News and WISN