New Details Revealed in NTSB’s Preliminary Report on Deadly NH Motorcycle Crash
Randolph, New Hampshire – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released the findings of its preliminary investigation into the horrific accident on June 21, 2019, in New Hampshire which left seven motorcyclists dead.
Scroll down to read NTSB’s entire preliminary report.
23-year-old Ukranian immigrant Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, who was driving a pickup truck hauling an unladen flatbed trailer for West Springfield, Massachusetts-based Westfield Transport Inc. at the time of the crash, pleaded not guilty to 7 counts of negligent homicide in June.
Zhukovskyy had only been driving for Westfield Transport for three days at the time of the crash.
Earlier this week Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office announced it had formally opened an investigation into Westfield Transport Inc.
However, according to multiple reports, the company has permanently closed.
Numerous calls from Transportation Nation Network (TNN) to Westfield Transport have gone unanswered.
Records from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) show the company faced various violations in the last two years, including two instances where drivers were in possession of drugs.
Two inspections in March 2019 show a driver was found to have amphetamine, according to the federal records.
Those inspections happened in Vermont and Massachusetts.
Below you will find the NTSB’s entire preliminary report:
About 6:30 p.m. eastern daylight time on Friday, June 21, 2019, a 2016 Ram 2500 Tradesman crew-cab pickup truck towing an unladen flatbed trailer was westbound on Gorham Hill Road (US Highway 2), east of Amos Brooks Road, in Randolph, Coos County, New Hampshire.
At the same time, a group of motorcyclists was traveling in the opposite direction on Gorham Hill Road, approaching Amos Brooks Road.
At that location, Gorham Hill Road is a two lane road divided by a double yellow centerline (figure 1).
The posted speed limit is 50 mph.
Before reaching the intersection of Amos Brooks Road, the pickup truck crossed the center of the road, entered the eastbound lane, and collided with the approaching motorcycles.
After the crash, the pickup truck continued across the eastbound lane and came to rest on an earthen embankment next to the eastbound shoulder (figure 2).
A fire broke out after the crash.
Seven motorcyclists died and three received serious injuries as a result of the crash.
The 23-year-old driver of the pickup truck was not injured.
The pickup truck was operated in commercial transportation by Westfield Transportation, based in Westfield, Massachusetts.
Although the driver of the pickup truck held a commercial driver’s license (CDL), because the truck’s gross vehicle weight rating was under 26,001 pounds, operating the vehicle did not require a CDL.
However, the carrier was subject to federal regulations governing commercial transportation, including driver’s hours of service and drug and alcohol testing.
The NTSB continues to gather information about the commercial operation of the pickup truck and the licensing of the truck driver.
All aspects of the Randolph, New Hampshire, crash remain under investigation as the NTSB focuses on determining the probable cause, with the intent of issuing safety recommendations to prevent similar crashes.
We are working in partnership with the New Hampshire State Police, state licensing agencies in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the US Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General.