Driver killed in Temple crash

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, April 13, 2018 8:43AM

A driver was killed in a fiery crash on Route 45 in Temple in the early hours of Friday Morning, according to police.

As of Monday afternoon, police have yet to release the identity of the driver of a 2015 Jeep Wrangler that went off the road on Route 45 at 2:40 a.m., according to a press release issued by State Police Troop B on Friday morning. The Jeep was traveling south and failed to negotiate a curve of the roadway, veering off the road and striking a tree. The Jeep appeared to have bounced back into the roadway, where it caught fire. New Hampshire State Police responded to the scene and found the vehicle fully engulfed. The driver sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash.

Temple Fire Chief George Clark said the fire department responded to a tone for a motor vehicle crash where the car had caught fire, and the vehicle was already fully involved when crews arrived.

“Initially, I could not confirm that there was anyone in the vehicle,” said Clark, who said the fire was too bad for him to see inside the vehicle. “My firefighters put the vehicle out, and I was able to approach the vehicle and at that time, was able to identify that there was a body in the vehicle.”

Clark said there was a witness on the scene who had come across the crash, shortly after it had occurred, who had attempted to see if anyone was inside and open the doors, but the fire had already progressed to a point that it made it impossible. 

The Temple Fire Department has been in contact with a critical incident stress team, which can help department’s process critical incidents, said Clark. The team was set to meet with the Fire Department on Monday, and Clark said he had extended invitations to all the departments involved, including Peterborough and Temple-Greenville Police Departments, Greenville Fire Department and Wilton Ambulance to attend that session.

“Not everybody may have seen the victim, but I think that knowing that there was someone in that vehicle could affect any individual that was there,” said Clark.

According to the release, the crash is still under investigation, however, it appears that speed may have been a factor.

Route 45 was closed for approximately four hours while the scene was investigated and debris was cleared from the roadway. Public works assisted with diverting traffic.

Along with Troop B, Temple Fire, EMS, and Temple-Greenville Police and the state Fire Marshal also responded to assist on scene.

Anyone with further information or who witnessed this crash is encouraged to contact Trooper P. Randall at 223-4381.


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.