Crash on Everett Turnpike claims one

Goffstown man fatally injured in Merrimack vehicle collision

Photo by Jeffrey Hastings Merrimack firefighters and paramedics attempt to render first aid to Gregory Tracy, who was trapped in the wreckage of his overturned vehicle after the crash on the Everett Turnpike Saturday afternoon. Tracy died of his injuries at the scene.

MERRIMACK – State police said Sunday that a 63-year-old Goffstown man was killed late Saturday afternoon when his vehicle left the Everett Turnpike in Merrimack, hit an embankment and rolled over, trapping him inside the wreckage.

Gregory Tracy was driving a 2002 Volkswagen Passat south on the turnpike between Exit 12 and the Bedford town line just before 5 p.m. when, according to a preliminary police investigation, the car sideswiped a 2006 Toyota Corolla, causing it “to skid across the right lane … hit a dirt embankment and slide onto its roof.”

The Corolla, operated by Heather Vitale, 31, of Tilton, ended up against the center median guardrail, having sustained significant damage, police said.

Vitale and her small child were transported to Elliot Hospital in Manchester as a precautionary measure, police said.

Meanwhile, police, Merrimack firefighters and medical personnel surrounded Tracy’s vehicle in an attempt to render first aid and free him from the wreckage, but soon told police that Tracy had succumbed to his injuries.

Police said the turnpike was closed for about 45 minutes to allow crews to remove Tracy’s body from the vehicle.

Police ask that anyone with any additional information on the crash contact Trooper Thomas Skafidas at 672-3333.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.