A tragic accident occurred in Randolph, New Hampshire when a pickup truck plowed into a group of motorcyclists, killing seven people and injuring three people.
According to state police, at about 6:30 pm, the 2016 Dodge 2500 slammed into multiple motorcycles on Route 2. The truck was moving eastbound, the cyclists headed eastbound before the crash, New Hampshire state police.
Seven motorcyclists died on the scene while three others were injured, one of whom was airlifted to a local hospital.
The identities of the victims have not been released, but the name of the driver was informed by police as Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, of West Springfield, Mass. He survived and has not been arrested.
“At least three bikers were thrown into the woods, and there were flames over 20 feet high,” said Engstrand. “The motorcycles were all chopped up all over the roads, and there were bodies everywhere and people crying.”.
Some of the riders were members of the active duty and veteran Marines Motorcycle club called Jarheads. They were on a charity ride connected to an American Legion in Gorham, N.H., according to an online fundraiser set up for the families of the victims.
Member of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, Dough Hayward wrote: “Jarheads MC has always been about helping veterans and their families and sadly, today we are in need of that same support,”
It was provided by Hayward that five of the victims were members of the club, and two were supporters.
The National Transportation Safety Board and authorities are still investigating what caused the deadly collision. The remote city is about a two-hour drive north of Concord, the state’s capital with a population of just about 300 people.
“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.