A Grafton County dispatcher is dead, one is injured, and a Haverhill Police officer is injured after a car accident that took place on Friday evening on Interstate 93 just north of exit 17 in the town of Canterbury, New Hampshire.
New Hampshire State Police report that Lincoln Police Department dispatcher Michael S. Weden, 29, of North Woodstock, New Hampshire was driving a red 2013 Ford F150 northbound on I-93 when the car drifted off the roadwy into the center median where it struck a cluster of trees.
As a result of the crash, passenger Lincoln Police Department dispatcher Steve M. Bomba, 25, of Lincoln, New Hampshire suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger, Officer Greg Collins, 41, of Piermont, New Hampshire suffered serious injuries. He was taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Weden suffered non-life threatening injures and is being treated at an area hospital.
New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan provided the following statement regarding the accident:
“Dispatcher Steven Bomba was a dedicated public servant, not only through his service to his community as a dispatcher, but also through his bravery and commitment to public safety as a firefighter in Lincoln. His heroic commitment to public service strengthened our communities and our state, and I join all Granite Staters in mourning his loss and wishing Officer Collins and Dispatcher Weden swift recoveries.
New Hampshire’s public safety officials put their lives on the line every day to protect their fellow citizens and keep our communities and our state safe. Now more than ever, it is our responsibility as Granite Staters to come together to support the families, loved ones and colleagues of Dispatcher Bomba, Officer Collins and Dispatcher Weden during this difficult time.”
Weden and Bomba were also volunteer firefighters at the Lincoln Fire Department. All three men were coming back from the New Hampshire Police academy graduation ceremony.
The cause of the accident is unknown at this time. Anyone with more information about this accident is asked to call (603) 223-8699.