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For Immediate Release
January 15, 2016
For more information contact:
Tr. Janell Smith
(603) 271-1162

Motor Vehicle Rollover

ladder truck extended

Hanover Fire Department's
Ladder extended to
retrieve Mr. Borneman
from the woods

On 01/15/16 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Trooper Janell Smith of the New Hampshire State Police, Troop D Barracks, responded to a report of a motor vehicle rollover on Interstate 89 southbound in the Town of Enfield. The operator was traveling southbound in the passing lane when it veered off the interstate and struck a section of guard rail. The vehicle rolled over multiple times before it came to a final rest. Both the vehicle and guard rail sustained extensive damage. When Tr. Smith arrived on scene, the operator was unaccounted for. It was unknown if the operator left the scene with another person or was possibly ejected from the vehicle. The operator was subsequently identified as James Borneman, 49, Springfield, NH, operating a 2003 Buick Rendezvous.

Tr Smith continued to investigate by checking with local hospitals, family and friends however, there had been no contact with the Mr Borneman. Based on this information Tr Smith returned to the scene hours later with Sgt Steinmetz to canvas the area again in an attempt to locate the operator.

Sgt. Steinmetz and Tr. Smith subsequently located footprints on a trail off of the travel lane that traversed down an embankment towards a fast moving brook. The trail continued north parallel with the brook where blood was located on it. The trail went for approximately ¾ of mile where it ended. Lebanon Police Officer, John Tracey, and his K-9 were called in to assist with the search. The K-9 tracked to the edge of the brook and it was soon discovered the person had crossed it. The water was approximately knee high and moving swiftly, making crossing the brook directly too dangerous.

Tr. Smith and Officer Tracey were forced to walk around to the other side of the brook to pick up the track again. The K-9 successfully picked up the track, leading them up a hill approximately ½ mile where the K-9 located Mr Borneman lying on the ground in the fetal position, unconscious and suffering from hypothermia. This was at approximately 4:30 am, some 10 hours after the crash. Personnel from the Hanover Fire Department assisted by providing immediate medical care and by utilizing an extended ladder from a ladder truck to retrieve Mr Borneman.

Mr. Borneman was transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital by Lebanon Ambulance for further medical treatment for serious injuries sustained as a result of the crash and exposure to the elements.

Assisting with the efforts of this investigation were the Lebanon Police Department and the Hanover Police Department.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact Trooper Janell Smith, Troop D, at 603-271-1162.

   
 
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