A Sunday morning accident on Route 3 in Campton, N.H., left a Maine biker dead and his wife in critical condition.

Mark Trask, 48, of Mount Vernon, was declared dead at Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth, N.H. His wife, Elizabeth, 43, who was riding with him, was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Trauma Center in Lebanon, N.H., where she was listed in critical condition.

Lynne Reed Smith of Readfield, Maine, was also hurt in the crash. New Hampshire State Police said she was accompanying the Trasks in a Jeep when James Brown, 57, of Campton drove his Jeep sports utility vehicle into the southbound lane and slammed into the motorcycle and Smith’s Jeep.

Smith was airlifted to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston where she was listed in critical condition Sunday.

Police were still investigating the crash early Sunday evening. They said they didn’t believe that alcohol was a factor in it.

Campton isn’t far from Laconia, site of New Hampshire’s annual Bike Week activities. The week concluded Sunday.

In Maine, more than 500 motorcycles roared out of Dayton Sunday as members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club ended a three-day ride-in and convention timed to coincide with Bike Week festivities.

The Outlaws arrived in the small Maine town Thursday. Dayton is about halfway between Saco and Waterboro Center on Route 5. The locale is also about halfway between Portland and Laconia, N.H., site of most of the Bike Week action.

Maine State Police joined forces with deputy sheriffs from Cumberland and York counties to monitor the bikers’ activities in Maine.

A dispatcher at State Police headquarters in Gray said the Outlaws behaved during their stay in Maine.

“There were over 500 bikes,” she said Sunday evening, “and they all left today.” She said that police “had no problems” with the club members.

Earlier, police were briefed on the possibility of some Outlaws members mixing it up with some Hells Angels’ members. The Angels were expected to attend Bike Week activities in force. A shooting involving club members happened in Portland several months ago.

No major flare-ups between the rival gangs occurred, however, according to police in Maine and New Hampshire.

In fact, police in New Hampshire said the week had seen fewer arrests, accidents and incidents than in past Bike Weeks. They said a week of mostly cool and rainy weather likely dampened any hot tempers.

This year’s was the 82nd annual gathering of bikers drawn to races, hill climbs and other actions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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