Motorist in BMW killed in fiery crash at tolls

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State Police at the scene of a fatal crash Aug. 20 in Merrimack.
State Police at the scene of a fatal crash Aug. 20 in Merrimack.

MERRIMACK, NH – A man is dead after a fiery crash at the Merrimack tolls Thursday.

On August 20 at approximately 1:12 p.m. a red 2006 BMW was reported to have been driving erratically on the Everett Turnpike heading Southbound in the towns of Bedford and Merrimack. The BMW was reported to have caused a minor accident with a pick-up truck before narrowly missing a motorcyclist, and a large dump truck.

The operator of the BMW continued south and nearly struck a State Police cruiser at a construction site just North of exit 11. The BMW exited the Turnpike at exit 11 and impacted the side toll at a high rate of speed. The Trooper on the detail was not injured and responded immediately after the vehicle had crashed.

As a result of the crash, the BMW caught fire, requiring the Merrimack Fire Department to respond to extinguish the flames.

The operator, whose identity is being withheld until proper notifications have been made, succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Department of Transportation toll attendants were at the toll plaza at the time of the crash and were not injured in the incident.

Traffic in the area was delayed while the vehicle was removed from the scene. Assisting at the crash scene was New Hampshire State Police Troop B, Merrimack Police and Fire Departments as well as Department of Transportation personnel. Any information in regards to this incident, contact Trooper Mark Dore at the State Police Barracks Troop B in Bedford – 603-672-3333.

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