Elderly woman killed after car collides with box truck in Northwood

An elderly woman was killed when the car she was driving collided with the front of a box truck on Route 4 in Northwood Friday morning.

NORTHWOOD — An 80-year-old woman was killed when her car collided with a box truck that was backing into a business on Route 4 early Friday morning.

The crash was reported just before 6:30 a.m. in the area of the Northwood Trade Center.

According to state police, a 2016 Western Star box truck that had been traveling west stopped and began backing into the driveway of a business. As it was backing up, police said the front passenger’s side was struck by a 1999 Ford Taurus, which was also headed west.

The driver of the Taurus was killed. She was identified as Marlene Bateman of Northwood.

Police said the driver of the box truck, Cary McKay, 55, of Gorham, Maine, was not hurt in the crash. His passenger also escaped injury.

“There was some traffic on the road and a couple of good Samaritans helped out,” Northwood Police Chief Glen Drolet said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but he said road conditions were not a factor.

State police said neither speed nor alcohol are believed to have contributed to the crash.

The State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction (C.A.R.) Unit was called in to handle the investigation.

The unit was assisted by Northwood police, fire and emergency medical personnel along with state police from Troop A in Epping.

A section of Route 4 around the crash scene was closed for several hours and reopened shortly before 11:30 a.m.

“We tried to divert using Green Street to keep traffic moving, but it did tie it up,” he said.

Witnesses and anyone else with information on the crash are encouraged to contact Trooper Petros Lazos by email at petros.lazos@dos.nh.gov or by calling 227-0047.

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