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July 16. 2014 11:18AM

Woman dies in early morning Merrimack crash

MERRIMACK — A 50-year-old woman died Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash on Continental Boulevard.

Police said the crash occurred about 6:30 a.m. at the intersection with Route 101A.

Police said a 10-wheel dump truck collided with a Kia SUV.

“The dump truck struck the driver’s side of the Kia,” said Capt. Peter Albert.

The truck was eastbound on Route 101A in the right lane when it collided with the Kia, which was entering the intersection near the McDonald’s restaurant, making a left turn to go west on Route 101A, according to police.

“The operator of the SUV, a 50-year-old female, was pronounced dead,” Albert said.

The driver of the truck, which was filled with stone at the time of the crash, was taken to an area hospital to be checked for injuries, according to police.

“We have an accident investigation team in the process of determining the cause. That could take a day or two,” Albert said. “All factors are being considered.”

Albert was unsure whether it was raining at the time of the accident. The Kia sustained extensive damage to the driver’s side. The standard-size dump truck remained intact, its load of stone unspilled, according to police.

Police were urging motorists to avoid the area Wednesday morning.

One eastbound lane remained open while police investigated the accident and crews removed the two vehicles from the scene.

The road was expected to open later Wednesday orning.

Police are temporarily withholding the identities of both drivers until family members are notified.

More information is expected to be released later on Wednesday.

khoughton@newstote.com


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