PHOTOS: Three die in head-on collision with armored car on Route 12A Cornish
Road closed for six-and-a-half hours
CORNISH, NH - Three people died Thursday afternoon when the small silver car they were in crossed the center line of Route 12A near the Cornish-Claremont town line and collided head-on with an armored car, police explained at the scene.
A medical examiner, police from several jurisdictions, and firefighters worked until well after darkness fell Thursday to remove the bodies from the wreckage and investigate the circumstances surrounding the abrupt collision.
The crash happened around 2 p.m. just south of the landmark Chase House Inn in a thicket of trees just stones throw from the railroad tracks that cross Route 12A about a mile further along to the south.
Firefighters cut the top off the car and spent hours carefully removing the victims while a second Loomis armored car arrived on the scene and transferred out the valuables that were in the back of their damaged vehicle.
Another armored car (left) removed items from the damaged truck (right) seen from Vermont side of the Connecticut River
Officials said neither of the two occupants of the armored car were hurt.
New Hampshire State Police issued a press release late Thursday evening saying that while notifications of next of kin were still on-going they would withhold the names of the deceased; however, they noted that the vehicle in which the fatalities occurred was a 2005 gray Ford Taurus which was registered to a driver out of Claremont.
The investigation into the cause of the collision is being handled by the New Hampshire State Police Crash Reconstruction Team and police said preliminary information indicates that the Taurus was northbound and crossed completely into the southbound lane where the on-coming Loomis armored car was unable to avoid the collision.
Route 12A was reopened to traffic shortly before 8:30 p.m.
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