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May 12. 2014 9:40PM

Deering shocked by fatal crash with fire truck

DEERING — As the investigation continues into a collision between a Honda CRV and a town fire truck, residents and first responders are struggling to come to grips with the fatal crash.

Kerry Ainsworth, 62, of Deering was killed Sunday evening when her Honda crossed into the southbound lane on Route 149 around 5:30 p.m., striking the fire truck as it returned from a three-alarm brush fire on Wolf Hill Road, according to a news release.

The fire truck driver, William Bannister III of Deering, and another firefighter were evaluated for minor injuries.

Police Chief James Pushee said citizens in town, as well as members of the police and fire departments, have been deeply affected.

“At this point we’re focused on helping out our fellow town employees as best we can,” Pushee said.

Town Administrator Russell McAllister also said his thoughts and prayers were with those involved in the accident.

“We always regret any accident, particularly those that involve loss of life,” McAllister said.

Grief counseling is available to firefighters, McAllister said.

“We want to make sure they’re feeling better physically and psychologically as well,” McAllister said “It takes a little bit of time to get over something like this.”

The accident investigation is being handled by the New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit.

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