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Old 06-21-2019, 11:25 PM
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Seven motorcyclists are dead and three more are injured following a devastating crash on a New Hampshire highway that left bodies strewn across the tarmac.
The tragic incident occurred on Route 2 near the town of Randolph shortly before 6.30pm Friday after a Dodge pick-up truck plowed into the procession of bikes.
Witnesses described a 'devastating' scene as bystanders tried to help riders that were peppered along the highway as emergency services rushed to help.
Along with the seven dead, state police said two additional people were transported to the Androscoggin Valley Hospital and one was airlifted to Maine Medical.

'It's tragic,' New Hampshire State Police Capt. Chris Vetter told reporters during a late news conference.

'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 was closed Friday evening, state police said, and would be closed for several more hours as investigators comb the scene for clues about what caused the crash.
And photo's posted by WMUR-TV showed motorcycles and wreckage scattered across the highway and a truck on the shoulder in flames.
Meanwhile, fellow drivers quickly pulled over to try and assist in any way possible.

'Everybody got out of their car and helped, got blankets and first-aid kits. Everyone went into action and just helped,' eyewitness Miranda Thompson said to the network.
Meanwhile, another witness named Travis Hood said he tried to assist an injured man until authorities 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'.

Randolph is about a two-hour drive north of Concord, the capital, and a three-hour drive from Boston.
'There was debris everywhere,' said Miranda Thompson, 21, of Manchester, who was several cars back and recalled seeing a truck in flames on the side of the highway and six motorcycles.
'People were in the grass. There were people putting tourniquets on people, trying to make sure they didn't move,' she said.

'You could tell people were lost who it happened too... It was a sad day for all of them.'
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 also staying at his inn went to the scene to help. Others tried to assist as best they could but some people were already dead.
'It was so devastating to see the bodies on the road,' Hamanne said. 'My God, I don't want to see something like this again.'
The crash happened about 500 feet from lodging where most of the motorcyclists were staying, Hamanne said.
Charlie St. Clair, executive director of Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, which host one of the state's biggest rallies in June, said he couldn't recall an accident of this magnitude involving bikers in the state.
He wasn't on the scene but said had been fielding calls about the accident much of the night. St. Clair said he heard the riders were mostly Marine veterans who belonged to the same motorcycle club.

'This is staggering and it's tragic beyond description,' St. Clair said. 'You have a bunch of people out for a ride enjoying one of the first nice days we had. To have this happen, it defies logic quite frankly.'

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Wow so sad, out enjoying themselves.
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Just read this myself. Tragic. Bikers were a group of Maine veterans.
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Old 06-22-2019, 04:17 AM
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Road rage?
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Old 06-22-2019, 04:34 AM
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This is really tragic. Prayers for the riders.
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Sad. I had to give it up awhile back. I saw too many distracted drivers....
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Reports I heard are that the group had just left the inn they were staying at and were just up the street. The account I heard was it was a horrific scene. Sad day for the families and friends.
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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
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Witnesses say several motorcycles collided with a Dodge pick-up truck, which burst into flames.
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Man. Sucks.and hits close to the heart. Strange way of describing and wording in the article.

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Road rage?
NOT "easy rider"
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Old 06-22-2019, 07:15 AM
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What the heck happened? Did truck cross center line?
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What the heck happened? Did truck cross center line?
Obviously.... I'll bet doughnuts to dollars they were in a "group" which made it all but impossible to pass them. The truck got pissed, finally got around and then came back to "teach them a lesson"......
I've seen the groups before and they are about twice as long as a Semi rig and if the roads are curvy you are hard pressed to get around them, and riding behind a bunch of loud assed Harley's ain't fun.....

R.I.P.......
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pretty big assumptions there! Let's see what they actually find out.

Tragic! RIP
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Unfortunately NH has no mandatory helmet law, could have been part of the reason for all the fatalities, motorcycle GP riders crash all the time at very high speeds and most walk away, wear your gear
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Originally Posted by Bailey Boat View Post
Obviously.... I'll bet doughnuts to dollars they were in a "group" which made it all but impossible to pass them. The truck got pissed, finally got around and then came back to "teach them a lesson"......
I've seen the groups before and they are about twice as long as a Semi rig and if the roads are curvy you are hard pressed to get around them, and riding behind a bunch of loud assed Harley's ain't fun.....

R.I.P.......
I think one of the articles I read stated the pickup was traveling in the opposite direction. I would guess truck crossed centerline and took out entire group. Sold my bike a few years ago for this reason
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Several reports of the riders being veterans...this is so sad.




Charlie St. Clair, executive director of Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, which host one of the state's biggest rallies in June, said he couldn't recall an accident of this magnitude involving bikers in the state. He wasn't on the scene but said had been fielding calls about the accident much of the night. St. Clair said he heard the riders were mostly Marine veterans who belonged to the same motorcycle club.

"This is staggering and it's tragic beyond description," St. Clair said. "You have a bunch of people out for a ride enjoying one of the first nice days we had. To have this happen, it defies logic quite frankly."
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Looks like the truck was towing a rather large trailer.
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Wouldn't jump to conclusions. Just as possible a motorcycle lost control and crossed the center line causing the truck to swerve with tragic consequences. If any of you have ridden in a group, you know how things can go wrong if one member gets a little distracted and everyone slows down. It can go south real fast. Not everyone is as skilled a rider as they should be. And motorcycles don't do panic stops real well.

But very tragic none the less. Prayers go out.

I stopped riding as well. Had too many close calls.
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I read a different report on this .It stated that the truck crossed the center line and the jerked back as soon as he realized he had drifted which caused the trailer to jack knife out into the riders. They probably didn't have a chance. Very sad.
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I have friends up there....no answer yet from my calls
last time I rode I found it less enjoyable with people on their phones....darn scary

these poor people and families...horrific
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