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Police sergeant, wife killed in wrong-way-crash on Route 101 in Epping


Associated Press
Friday, January 11, 2019

Authorities say a Massachusetts police sergeant and his wife were killed in highway crash with a driver who was going the wrong way on Route 101.

Police said a pickup truck traveling west towards Manchester made a U-turn on the highway near Exit 7 around 11:40 p.m. Thursday and started heading east in the wrong direction. A 2008 Chevrolet Impala driven by 58-year-old John Johnson, of New Ipswich, was traveling in the right-hand lane and was unable to avoid the collision with the wrong way Dodge pickup, police said.

Johnson, a sergeant with the police department in Townsend, Massachusetts, was driving with his 57-year-old wife, Heidi Johnson. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the pickup was identified as 31-year-old Ryan Kittredge, of Derry. He suffered serious injuries and was taken to a Boston hospital.

After the initial crash, a third vehicle driven by 23-year-old Andrew Neeper, of Raymond, crashed into the disabled pickup truck, which had gone completely dark, police said. Neeper was taken to Exeter hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Due to the severity of the crash, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction was called in to assist with the investigation.