Bethlehem crash

State police say a 77-year-old woman was killed and two injured in a crash involving two vehicles and a logging tractor-trailer on Route 116 on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019.

BETHLEHEM — State police say a 77-year-old woman was killed and two were injured in a crash involving two vehicles and a tractor-trailer on Route 116 on Monday afternoon.

New Hampshire State Police said the accident happened just north of the Littleton town line around 2:01 p.m.

According to state police, a 2010 Honda Civic driven by Donald Morrow, 83, of Bethlehem had been stopped in the northbound lane of Route 116 preparing to make a left turn into a driveway when a 2004 Western Star Tractor Trailer hauling logs, operated by Michael Annis, 68, of Gorham was traveling north on Route 116.

According to police, Annis failed to notice the 2010 Honda until the last moment, and the logging truck struck the rear of the Honda, pushing it into the southbound lane.

The Honda was then hit by a 2016 Dodge Caravan traveling south on Route 116, operated by Therese Chaloux, 76.

Morrow’s wife, identified by state police as Ellen Morrow, 77, of Bethlehem was pronounced dead at the scene of injuries sustained in the crash.

Therese Chaloux was transported to Littleton Regional Hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries, while Donald Morrow was airlifted by DHART to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for evaluation and treatment of serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Michael Annis was not injured in the crash.

According to police, driver inattention appears to be a factor in the crash, but speed, alcohol, drugs or mobile device usage do not appear to have contributed to the crash. All occupants were wearing seatbelts.

State police said a decision on possible criminal charges will be made once the investigation is completed.

Route 116 was closed for approximately 3 hours for the investigation.

Paul Feely is the City Hall reporter for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. Reach him at pfeely@unionleader.com