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For Immediate Release
October 5, 2019
For more information contact:
Trooper Alex Peplinski  at (
603-271-1170 or

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash, Route 2, Randolph - Updated

On 5 October 2019 at approximately 2:44 am, the New Hampshire State Police received the report of a motor vehicle collision located on Route 2 in the town of Randolph.

The collision was reported to involve a passenger car and a tractor-trailer. Troopers responded and found that the collision resulted in the death of the individual operating the motor vehicle. The operator of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

Route 2 is closed in the area of the collision site while State Police investigate, and traffic is being diverted around the scene on Durand Road. Please seek an alternate route.


On Saturday, October 5, 2019, at approximately 2:44 am, New Hampshire State Police - Troop F responded to a serious motor vehicle collision between a tractor-trailer and passenger vehicle on Route 2 in Randolph. On- scene investigation revealed that;

Anthony Ortega
Age:  23
Framingham Massachusetts

Was travelling east on Route 2 in Randolph, when he collided nearly head on with a tractor-trailer unit that was westbound, being operated by:

Mark Mellish
Age:  50
Bellows Falls Vermont

As a result of the crash, Ortega sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing and all factors are being considered to determine the exact cause of the crash. 

The New Hampshire State Police - Troop F was assisted at the scene by the New Hampshire State Police-Troop G, New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction (CAR) Unit, Randolph Police Department, Randolph Fire Department, Gorham Fire and EMS, Jefferson Fire Department and the Office of the State Medical Examiner.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Trooper Alex Peplinski  at (603) 271-1170 or

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