The seven motorcyclists killed in a horrific New Hampshire accident, according to a report, were mostly Marine veterans heading for a meeting of Jarheads Motorcycle Club when they fatally collided with a pickup.
A Dodge 2500 truck from 2016 crashed into the group of bikers at around 6:30 pm on Friday evening. The Associated Press reported that they drove east on a rural two-lane highway just 500 feet from where most motorcyclists were.
One person was flown and two others were taken to nearby hospitals.
Witnesses reported a gruesome scene along the US 2 at Randolph, which is about three hours' drive from Boston.
Look at the bodies on the street, "said Jerry Hamanne, co-owner of a nearby bed and breakfast. "My God, I do not want to see that again."
Beatrice Engstrand, a medical doctor who was one of the first on site, told NPR that she was trying to stop the bleeding of some bikers with towels and tourniquets.
"At least three bikers were thrown into the forest and there were flames over 20 feet high," Engstrand said. "The motorcycles were chopped up on every street, and corpses and weeping people were everywhere."
Charlie St. Clair, executive director of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, which hosts a large annual rally in New Hampshire, said the show's calamities were unprecedented in the biker community.
"That's awesome and indescribably tragic," said St. Clair of the AP. "They have a lot of people who want to enjoy one of the first nice days we had. For this to happen, it quite openly contradicts logic.
The names of the bikers were not published until the family was notified.