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Nashua woman, 60, identified as victim of fatal Merrimack crash

Union Leader Correspondent

July 16. 2014 8:23PM
Elizabeth McQuinn, 60, of 3 Briarcliff Drive, Nashua, was killed Wednesday morning when her Kia Sorento was struck by a 10-wheel dump truck carrying a load of crushed stone at the intersection of Route 101A and Continental Boulevard in Merrimack. (MERRIMACK POLICE)

MERRIMACK — A 60-year-old woman died Wednesday morning at the scene of a two-vehicle collision on Continental Boulevard.

Police said the crash happened around 6:30 a.m. at the intersection with Route 101A.

Reports indicate that a 1989 Freightliner dump truck collided with a 2014 Kia Sorento SUV driven by Elizabeth McQuinn, 60, of 3 Briarcliff Drive, Nashua.

“The dump truck struck the driver’s side of the Kia,” said Capt. Peter Albert of the Merrimack Police Department.

The 10-wheel dump truck was traveling east on Route 101A in the righthand lane when it collided with the Kia, which was entering the intersection near the McDonald’s restaurant and making a lefthand turn to go west on Route 101A.

McQuinn was trapped inside the mangled SUV and pronounced dead when she was removed by firefighters.

The truck driver, Kyle Witty, 43, of 4 Squag City Road, Cornish, was taken to an area hospital to be checked for injuries, police said. The truck, filled with stone, had a decal on the driver’s side door indicating it was from Kyle Witty Excavating Co. “We have an accident investigation team in the process of determining the cause. That could take a day or two,” said Albert. “All factors are being considered.”

Albert was unsure whether it was raining at the time of the accident and if that may have been a factor. Concerns about a possible visual obstruction from trees near McDonald’s are also being investigated.

“We are aware of the tree comments, and the accident investigation team is taking all evidence into consideration,” said Albert.

The SUV sustained extensive damage to the driver’s side. The standard-size dump truck remained intact, and its load of stone did not spill, police said.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Sgt. Brian Levesque at 420-1854.

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