NTSB Opens Public Docket, Announces Meeting for Investigation of Fatal Truck-Motorcycle Collision


WASHINGTON (Oct. 28, 2020) — The National Transportation Safety Board opened the public docket Wednesday for its investigation of the fatal, June 21, 2019, crossover collision involving a commercial truck and a group of motorcyclists in Randolph, New Hampshire.

The NTSB also scheduled a board meeting for Dec. 1, 2020, at 9:30 a.m., to consider the probable cause, findings, and any safety recommendations from its investigation.

Seven motorcyclists died and three were seriously injured when the commercial truck, a 2016 Ram 2500 pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer, crossed the centerline of US-2 and collided with the motorcyclists traveling in the opposite direction.

The docket includes factual reports and documents, including interview transcripts, photographs, and other investigative materials. The docket does not include analysis, findings, recommendations or a probable cause determination. That will be released at the end of the public board meeting scheduled for Dec. 1.


(Pickup truck and trailer at final rest on US-2 is depicted in this photo taken June 21, 2019. Source: New Hampshire State Police)

No conclusions about how or why the collision occurred should be drawn from the information within the docket, which is available online at https://data.ntsb.gov/Docket?NTSBNumber=HWY19MH010​. Additional material may be added to the docket as it becomes available.

In the meeting scheduled for Dec. 1, the NTSB's five-member board will vote on the findings, probable cause and recommendations as well as any changes to the draft final report.

In keeping with established Federal and local social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, while also ensuring the NTSB's compliance with the Government in the Sunshine Act, the board meeting for this investigation will be webcast to the public, with the board members and investigative staff meeting virtually. There will be no physical gathering to facilitate the board meeting.

WHO:  NTSB investigative staff and board members.

WHAT:  A webcast of a virtual board meeting.

WHEN:  Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, 9:30 a.m. (EST).

HOW:  The board meeting will be webcast only, there will not be a public gathering of NTSB investigative staff or board members. A link to the webcast will be available shortly before the start of the meeting at http://ntsb.windrosemedia.com/.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY:  NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt is scheduled to hold a virtual media availability at 2 p.m. (EST) to answer questions about the earlier board meeting and the NTSB's investigation of the accident.

The virtual media availability with Chairman Sumwalt will be conducted using Microsoft Teams. Journalists who RSVP to ntsbmediarelations@ntsb.gov will receive an email with the attendee link and information about how the briefing will be conducted. A recording of the briefing will be made available on the NTSB's YouTube channel as soon as practicable.

To report an incident/accident or if you are a public safety agency, please call 1-844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290 to speak to a Watch Officer at the NTSB Response Operations Center (ROC) in Washington, DC (24/7).