BETHLEHEM — On Monday at approximately 2 p.m., the Grafton County Dispatch Center received the report of a motor vehicle collision on Route 116 in Bethlehem.
Bethlehem and Littleton police responded to the scene, rendered aid and assisted the Bethlehem Fire and Rescue and the Littleton Ambulance.
State police responded to the crash investigation.
The initial investigation revealed that a 2010 Honda Civic had been stopped in the northbound lane of Route 116, preparing to make a left turn into a driveway. The Honda was being driven by 83-year-old Donald Morrow of Bethlehem, and his passenger, 77-year-old Ellen Morrow of Bethlehem.
Meanwhile, a 2004 Western Star tractor-trailer hauling logs was being operated by 68-year-old Michael Annis of Gorham. It also was traveling north on Route 116.
According to state police, “Annis failed to notice the 2010 Honda until the last moment. Annis’ truck struck the rear of the Honda. The Honda pushed into the southbound lane. The Honda was then struck by a 2016 Dodge Caravan, which had been traveling south on Route 116 and operated by 76-year-old Therese Chaloux of Stark.”
Morrow was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained from the crash. Chaloux was transported to Littleton Regional Hospital for evaluation and treatment of apparent minor injuries. Morrow was airlifted by DHART to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for evaluation and treatment for what appeared to be serious but non-life threatening injuries. Annis was not physically injured in the crash.
All occupants of the vehicles were wearing seat belts. Neither speed, alcohol, drugs nor mobile device usage appeared to be factors in the accident, police said. “Driver inattention appears to be a factor. The decision on criminal charges will take place once the investigation is complete.”
The investigation is being conducted by the NH State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit, assisted by NH State Police Troops F and G, Bethlehem Police and Littleton Police.
Route 116 was closed for three hours following the crash.