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Motorcycle Week Wraps Up In Laconia

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Laconia has wrapped up the 92nd annual Motorcycle Week, in which thousands took part in local events and motorcycle tours into the Mount Washington Valley despite periods of heavy rain. 

While Motorcycle Week has sometimes been characterized by arrests and unruly behavior - or at least concerns about such behavior - Captain William Cleary of the Laconia Police Department says that wasn’t the case this year. “We’ve had extremely large crowds all week – nice crowds, well behaved,” he said. “Arrests and numbers like that are down. Our tickets and accidents are down as well.”

There were, however, several significant crashes toward the end of the week, including a fatal crash Saturday. Authorities in Gilmanton say a motorcycle crossed the yellow line on Route 107 and hit another motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle that crossed the line was pronounced dead at the scene, while two more people were seriously injured.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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