Retired 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 58-year-old John Johnson, a sergeant who recently retired after nearly four decades with the police department in Townsend, Massachusetts. He and his 57-year-old wife, Heidi Johnson, died. They lived in New Ipswich, New Hampshire.

The pickup driver, 31-year-old Ryan Kittredge, of Derry, was hospitalized with serious injuries.

The driver who crashed into the pickup, 23-year-old Andrew Neeper, of Raymond, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.