Teen, child killed in N.H. crash; father taken to hospital

BOW, N.H. — A teenager and child were killed early Friday morning when a vehicle they were traveling in crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer in Bow, New Hampshire, according to state police.

Just after 8:30 a.m., state police said a 2017 Ford Expedition being driven by Thomas Ouellette, 44, was headed south on Interstate 89 when for unknown reasons he drifted into the breakdown lane.

In that lane, state police said, was a disabled tractor-trailer. Ouellette’s vehicle crashed into the back of tractor-trailer and suffered extensive damage.

As a result of the crash, two juveniles, who the Bow superintendent identified as Nicholas Ouellette, grade 11 and Gavin Ouellette, grade 1, were killed.

Thomas Ouellette was taken to a hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The interstate was closed for about five hours and traffic was diverted around the collision for the investigation.

“This is a tragedy that affects our whole SAU and we will come together as a community that cares for each other to help the Ouellette family, who have students in each of our Bow schools and all of our community members through this very difficult time,” Bow Superintendent Dr. Dean Cascadden said in an announcement.

All after school activities have been canceled so students can go home after school to be with parents and guardians.

The Premier Football Field will be open from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. as a place for community members to gather and process the tragic event that took place Friday morning, according to Cascadden.