RANDOLPH, N.H. —Seven people were killed and three others were hurt in a crash Friday evening on Route 2 in Randolph, police said.
The crash, which involved multiple motorcycles and a truck, happened just before 6:30 p.m., according to state police.
Of the three people who were hurt, one was taken by medical helicopter to Maine Medical Center and two others were transported to Androscoggin Valley Hospital, police said.
“It’s tragic. 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,” New Hampshire State Police Capt. Chris Vetter said.
Police said they confirmed that the truck, a 2016 Dodge 2500, was traveling west on Route 2 before it collided with several motorcycles that were traveling east on Route 2.
The truck was on fire when firefighters arrived on scene, officials said.
Miranda Thompson, of Manchester, said she was just a few cars behind the vehicles when the crash happened.
“You could see motorcycles dumped all over the road, and you could see people on the phone frantically calling, people pacing back and forth, and just, they were lost,” witness Miranda Thompson, of Manchester, said. “Everybody got out of their car and helped, got blankets and first-aid kits. Everyone went into action and just helped.”
Travis Hood told WMUR he was the first person at the scene and stayed with one of the motorcyclists until an ambulance arrived.
“I held his hand, and I tried to get him to, I’m like, “Squeeze my hand. Stay with me. You’re a strong guy. You’ve got this. Toward the end, when the ambulance got there, I could feel him losing strength,” Hood said.
The crash forced the closure of Route 2 at the intersection of Route 115. The road was expected to be closed for an extended period of time, police said. A roadblock was set up and cars were being detoured around the crash site.
Officials have not released the identities of those involved in this crash.
The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office has offered any resources that may be needed to state police and the Coos County Attorney’s Office as they investigate the crash.