7 U.S. Marines Killed After Pickup Crashes Into Motorcycles

The Jarheads Motorcycle Club riders were on their way to a biker gathering in norther New Hampshire.

Randolph, NH – A group of seven U.S. Marines were killed in a fiery crash with a pickup truck on Friday night.

"I can't emphasize enough how horrific this is," Laconia Motorcycle Week Association Executive Director Charlie St. Clair told National Public Radio. "It's our worst nightmare."

The devastating collision occurred on U.S. 2 at approximately 6:30 p.m., New Hampshire State Police Captain Chris Vetter told WMUR.

“We’re able to confirm that we have seven fatalities at this point,” Capt. Vetter said solemnly. “In addition to that, we had two people who were injured that were transported to the [hospital], and an additional person that was med-flighted to [the hospital].”

The captain described the mass-casualty collision as “tragic,” and said that the roadway will be closed indefinitely as investigators work to process the large scene.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a crash with as much loss of life,” he said. “It was a pretty significant accident, obviously.”

Police have not released the names of those injured or killed in the collision.

The driver of the pickup truck survived the crash, witnesses told National Public Radio.

The riders who were killed and injured in the catastrophic collision are members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, which is comprised of active and veteran U.S. Marines.

The group was on its way to a biker gathering in northern New Hampshire, St. Clair said.

Witness Miranda Thompson said she was traveling just behind some of the vehicles when the collision occurred, WMUR reported.

"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," Thompson told the news outlet. "Everybody got out of their car and helped, got blankets and first-aid kits. Everyone went into action and just helped."

Witness Travis Hood ran over to one of the riders and stayed with him until the ambulance took him away.

"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,’” Hood said. “Toward the end, when the ambulance got there, I could feel him losing strength.”

Neurologist Beatrice Engstrand said she was staying at a nearby bed-and-breakfast when the devastating crash occurred, National Public Radio reported.

The owner of the inn pounded on her door in desperate need of a doctor, and the neurologist said she was shocked when she ran out to the scene.

"At least three bikers were thrown into the woods and there were flames over 20 feet high," Engstrand recounted. "The motorcycles were all chopped up all over the roads and there were bodies everywhere and people crying."

She used belts and to tourniquet some of the injured riders’ limbs, and used towels to apply pressure to the gaping wound of others.

“It was so devastating to see the bodies on the road,” the bed-and-breakfast owner, Jerry Hamanne, told CBS News. “My God, I don’t want to see something like this again.”

The cause of the deadly incident remains under investigation.

Comments (22)
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SheepDawg
SheepDawg

RIP each of you. Thank you for your service.

Bet is that the pickup driver was either impaired or distracted and drove through the group. (For knuckleheads that will argue otherwise please consider the direction of the truck and side of the road along with tire marks before offering your ignorant theories.)

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Rest in peace, all who died at this horrific crash. Thank you for your service to our country. May God be with all who were at the scene, including witnesses and those who tried to help.

Keli
Keli

7 of Americas finest lost, RIP and may God bless their family, friends and Brothers.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Semper Fi - thank you all for your service and sacrifice.

Homicidecop
Homicidecop

Siempre Fi Marines

Janken
Janken

This so tragic and we lost 6 parachute in a plane crash. If that bozo who ran into them was impaired or did it on purpose he should get the deathbed. I feel so sad for their families and friends

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Time to end the motorcycle thing. Too dangerous.

GreenMarine50
GreenMarine50

I'm absolutely heartbroken just learning of this minutes ago!

There is no stronger bond between service members than a bunch of Jarheads, regardless of whether they served in a long ago war or modern day desert actions. Marines seem silly to civilians when they chat excitedly upon learning their lives might be many years, even decades in age apart, but two marines meeting for the first time have an instant bond and friendship unlike any other United States military service. It is possibly about the difficult and incredibly challenging path required for every US Marine to earn the right to wear the eagle, globe and anchor. The process of being broken down as they begin training and little steps at a time they are given the tools to become grown men and women is difficult to share in a comment thread.

May you find only fair winds and following seas on your path to Valhalla my fallen brothers..

Semper Fidelis. 2nd Batt. Fox Co. Plt. 2097 Graduated recruit training, bootcamp, in December 1984.

JohnSHenderson
JohnSHenderson

At least three bikers were thrown into the woods and there were flames over 20 feet high," Engstrand recounted. "The motorcycles were all chopped up all over the roads and there were bodies everywhere and people crying

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TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

What a heartbreaker 7 of our finest. My condolences to all of the many famly and friends. Thank you toall of these Marines for they're service. You all will never be forgotten 🙏🏼💙🇺🇸

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Last I heard last night was that the driver of the pickup was "distracted" Hope we get an update soon !

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

RIP, my brothers.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Truck driver should be looking at a lot of jail time, hopefully.

Bulldog
Bulldog

RIP BROTHERS😢. Thank you all for your service to our great country and many prayers for not only your brother Marines but 4 your loved ones and Friends in the wake of this horrible tragedy. Met the driver that caused this live in eternal hell for the rest of his life and beyond. SEMPER FI 💔🇺🇸🙏

61mouse
61mouse

How the hell did the truck catch in fire ?? And NOT 1 motorcycle ?

Lexao9193
Lexao9193

Gods speed gentlemen

Suz
Suz

I can’t begin to think of the right words to use. God be with the family and friends of these victims. 😥

InService
InService

This is the first 1st I heard of 7 of my brothers killed. Disturbing.

7 more Marines guarding the streets of heaven. Rah.