TAMWORTH CRASH VICTIM IDENTIFIED

by Christian Mower on February 14, 2012

NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE POLICE HAVE IDENTIFIED THE DRIVER WHO DIED SUNDAY MORNING AFTER A COLLISION IN TAMWORTH AS 32-YEAR-OLD JAMES BLUHM OF ASHLAND, NEW HAMPSHIRE.

TROOPER FIRST CLASS BRUCE ELA OF TROOP E IN TAMWORTH SAYS BLUHM HAD BEEN DRIVING A 2005 PONTIAC SUNFIRE AND WAS THE ONLY PERSON IN THE CAR WHEN HE CROSSED THE YELLOW CENTERLINE SHORTLY BEFORE 10 A.M. FOR AN UNKNOWN REASON AND COLLIDED HEAD ON WITH A 2008 FORD EXPLORER BEING DRIVEN BY46-YEAR-OLD CLINTON WEST OF NORTH BILLERICA, MASS.

IT HAPPENED ON ROUTE 16 NEAR CHOCORUA LAKE. TAMWORTH POLICE AND TAMWORTH FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THE SCENE.

ELA SAYS WEST HAD TWO PASSENGERS AT THE TIME OF THE COLLISION – 43-YEAR-OLD PATRICIA RYAN, ALSO OF BILLERICA, AND A 6-YEAR-OLD BOY. ALL THREE WERE TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY WITH WHAT WERE BELIEVED TO BE NON LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.

BLUHM DIED AT THE SCENE.

ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE SEEN THE COLLISION OR HAS INFORMATION ABOUT IT IS ASKED TO CALL STATE POLICE AT (603) 223-8838.