PINKHAM NOTCH — On Thursday at around 2 p.m., the New Hampshire State Police received an emergency 911 call reporting an accident involving a single motorcycle in Pinkham Notch just north of the Jackson town line. The caller reported the driver had possible serious injuries.

Within minutes of the call, Jackson police were able to respond to the scene. State troopers responded shortly thereafter.

Jackson police found the driver, Norman Groleau, 71, of Sherbrooke, Quebec, over a steep embankment to the south of the road in an area that was difficult to access for emergency personnel.

Fire and EMS units from Gorham and Jackson responded to the scene to assist, as did the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

Emergency personnel were able to get to Groleau and stay with him until they got him up the embankment. This process took about 45 minutes.

Once the driver was brought up to the road, he was immediately taken to Memorial Hospital in Conway, and from there was airlifted to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine, with possible serious but unknown injuries.

Early Friday, State Police were notified that Grouleau had died from his injuries while at the hospital.

The accident is still under investigation, and the cause is unknown at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police, Troop F, at (603) 846-3333 or email

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