Retired police officer, wife, killed in wrong-way highway crash

EPPING, N.H. (AP) Authorities say a retired Massachusetts police sergeant and his wife were killed in a New Hampshire highway crash involving a driver who was going the wrong way.

Police said a pickup truck traveling eastbound on the westbound side of Route 101 in Epping late Thursday crashed into a westbound car. Another westbound driver unable to see the crash ran into the pickup.

The car hit by the pickup was driven by John Johnson, 58, a sergeant who recently retired after nearly four decades with the police department in Townsend, Massachusetts. He and his wife, Heidi Johnson, 57, died. They lived in New Ipswich, New Hampshire.

The pickup driver, identified as Ryan Kittredge, 31, of Derry, suffered serious injuries and was taken to a Boston hospital.

The driver who crashed into the pickup, Andrew Neeper, 23, of Raymond, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

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