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For Immediate Release
November 30, 2018
For more information contact:
Lt. Gary A. Prince
603 223-8477

Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident, Franconia Notch Parkway, Lincoln

On 30 November 2018 at approximately 7:00 am, the New Hampshire State Police received the report of a serious motor vehicle collision that had occurred on Interstate 93 in Lincoln, within Franconia Notch near the Basin involving a Tractor Trailer and a sedan.

The on-scene investigation revealed that Steven Schwartz, Age 23, Philadelphia, PA, had been operating a Hyundai Elantra northbound on Interstate 93 while the tractor trailer was being operated by James Spring, age 54, Warren, MA.

Spring had also been driving north. The area of the collision has two northbound lanes, and Spring had been traveling in the right lane at a reduced speed due to the incline in that area. Schwartz, also driving in the right lane, drove directly into the rear of the tractor trailer and then, after separating from the tractor trailer, hit the guardrail on the left side of the road.

Schwartz was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene. Spring did not suffer any injuries. State Police believe speed was a factor in the collision.

Troopers also located a pit-bull puppy under a seat in Schwartz's vehicle that was taken to Whitefield Animal Hospital to make sure that it did not suffer any injuries. The puppy was found to be uninjured.

The speed limit in this area of the Franconia Notch Parkway is 45 miles per hour. There is an incline that causes commercial vehicles to slow, and it is not uncommon for trucks to travel well below the posted 45 limit in order to ascend the incline. This is the second similar crash that has occurred in the past two months in this area. State Police are asking the public to adhere to the speed limits in the area and be aware of this potential danger.

State Police were assisted by the Lincoln Fire Department, Linwood Ambulance service and NH DOT.

franconia notch crash scene photo
photo of damaged Hyundai Elantra
photo of victim's pit bull dog
   
 
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