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For Immediate Release
February 8, 2016
For more information contact:
Trooper First Class Christopher S. Storm
(603) 223-8607

Motor Vehicle Collision Involving Serious Bodily Injury

On Friday, February 5, 2016 at approximately 3:10 p.m. the Portsmouth Police Department was notified and responded to a motor vehicle collision located on Lang Road within the City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Upon arrival the investigation revealed a white 2007 International Sanitation truck owned by the City of Portsmouth was being operated by Alan CADE of Madbury, New Hampshire, age 59 was stopped on Lang Road while the passenger James MURRAY of Rye, New Hampshire, age 45 was behind the vehicle collecting trash.  Simultaneously a maroon 2014 Ford Fusion being operated by Michael TONER of Rye, New Hampshire, age 24 was traveling eastbound on Lang Road.

The preliminary investigation revealed that while the maroon 2014 Ford Fusion was traveling eastbound on Lang Road the operator lost control of his vehicle and struck the rear of the white 2007 International Sanitation truck causing James MURRAY to be pinned between both vehicles.  As a result of this James MURRAY suffered life threatening injuries and was transported to the Portsmouth Regional Hospital for treatment while Alan CADE and Michael TONER did not suffer any injuries.

Assisting on scene were members of the Portsmouth Police Department, NH State Police Troop A Barracks, and Portsmouth Fire & Rescue & EMS.

At this time the crash investigation is being handled by the State Police Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Unit (C.A.R. Unit) with assistance by the Portsmouth Police Department.  Anyone that may have further information related to this crash is asked to please contact Trooper First Class Christopher S. Storm at (603) 223-8607 or by email at

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