Fatal collision Friday


Whitefield man and dog die in head on with logging truck


January 12, 2011
FRANCONIA—Route 3 was closed for more than four hours on Friday, Jan. 7after a head-on collision between a SUV and a tractor-trailer truck that took the life of a Whitefield man.

According to State Police officials, George Lacourse, Jr., 54, was killed when, at 9:27 a.m., his 1998 Dodge Durango crossed the centerline of Route 3 into the southbound lane, not far from the Bethlehem border, and struck a 2000 Freightliner logging truck driven by Charles Perkins, 64, of North Haverhill. Perkins tried to avoid the collision but was unable to, police said.

Both vehicles received heavy front-end damage and had to be towed from the scene. The Durango ended up in a snow-covered ditch next to the northbound lane.

Perkins was not hurt but a dog in Lacourse's vehicle was also killed.

Route 3 was closed until around 2:30 p.m. as State Police sought a cause for the accident and worked to clear the scene and extract Lacourse from his wrecked vehicle. No cause has been determined yet and the accident remains under investigation. Witnesses to the accident are being sought. Police noted that road conditions and weather were not factors, as it was clear and cold and road surfaces were dry. Alcohol also does not seem to be a factor.

Besides troopers from Troop F and G, responding to the scene were officers from the Franconia and Carroll Police Departments, members of the Franconia and Bethlehem Fire Departments, as well as staff from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

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