A pickup truck in rural New Hampshire struck and killed seven on motorcycles Friday night. The crash ignited a small fire in a nearby wooded area and left a wreckage of damaged vehicles and the bodies of victims strewn across the highway.
State police said a Dodge pickup truck hit the group of motorcycles around 6:30 p.m. Friday along U.S. 2 in Randolph.
Authorities are still investigating what caused the deadly collision. Police have not released the names of the victims or the pickup driver, who witnesses said survived the incident.
“It’s tragic,” New Hampshire State Police Capt. Chris Vetter told reporters Friday night. “Our concern right now is with the victims, the victims’ families and anybody else who was adversely affected by this accident,” he said.
Police said two other motorcyclists were injured and one person was airlifted to an area hospital after the crash on the two-lane highway.
The riders were members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, which comprises active and veteran Marines. They were on their way to a bike gathering in northern New Hampshire, said Charlie St. Clair, executive director of Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, a large motorcycle gathering that ended last weekend.