Two people, dog die after three-vehicle crash on Route 106 in Belmont

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Monitor staff
Published: 7/5/2018 3:36:01 PM

Two people and a dog died Wednesday night after the vehicle they were riding in swerved into oncoming traffic on Route 106 in Belmont, police said.

A Tilton man was driving north near the park and ride about 6:30 p.m. when his Toyota Rav 4 veered into the southbound lane and hit a Hyundai, then collided head-on with a Ford F-350, Belmont police Captain Richard Mann said.

A male passenger inside the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver died after being transported to Lakes Region General Hospital, Mann said.

A black Labrador retriever that was also in the vehicle was found nearby suffering from severe internal injures nearby. Mann said a good Samaritan cradled the dog until a veterinarian arrived, but it died before medics were able to administer oxygen.

The names of the deceased were being withheld pending notification of family, Mann said.

A reconstruction team established that speed was not a factor in the crash, though authorities are investigating other possible factors such as drug and alcohol use, Mann said.

The chain reaction crash started when the Toyota veered out of its lane and collided with the rear driver side of a Hyundai Veloster driven by Timothy Lanza of Manchester, according to police. As the Toyota began to spin out of control, it was struck head on by a dual-wheel Ford truck driven by Laura Beebe of Belmont.

There was little or no time for the Hyundai or the Ford drivers to react, Mann said.

Beebe sustained serious lower leg and spine injuries and was taken to Concord Hospital for surgery, Mann said. Beebe’s passenger, Erin Malloy of Belmont, was not wearing a seatbelt and collided with the car’s windshield, but did not request medical attention at the scene, Mann said.

Lanza, who was alone in his vehicle, was not injured.

Both the Ford and the Toyota were totaled in the crash, Mann said.

The roadway was shut down for about six hours after the crash due a large fuel leak which surrounded the scene.

Police are still investigating the circumstances that led up to the crash, such as where the men in the Toyota were coming from and where they were traveling. Belmont police ask anyone with information to call 267-8350.

(Leah Willingham can be reached at 369-3322, or on Twitter @LeahMWillingham.)

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