'North Woods Law' officer released from the hospital after being struck by OHRV

New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officer Matthew Holmes has been featured on Animal Planet's "North Woods Law." A crew from the TV show was filming when the incident happened.


A New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officer was released from the hospital Sunday after suffering serious injuries when he was struck by an off-highway recreational vehicle on Saturday, officials said.

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New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officer Matt Holmes is released from the hospital.

In a Facebook post, New Hampshire Fish and Game thanked everyone for their thoughts, prayers and well wishes for Conservation Officer Matthew Holmes, and said that he would be recuperating from home.

"He still has a recovery period ahead but will be OK," the post said.

The crash happened about 5 p.m. in Dummer. Officer Matthew Holmes was attempting to stop two OHRVs that were speeding when a third OHRV hit him from behind, Fish and Game said. The OHRV was going over 60 mph.

"That's a high-speed impact on a stopped vehicle," said Fish and Game Col. Kevin Jordan. "That's the equivalent of being hit with a small compact car on an open ATV, which immediately amounts to an ejection."

Holmes was sent flying off his ATV and knocked unconscious. Jordan said some off-duty Gilmanton firefighters happened to be riding on the trail and helped another conservation officer treat Holmes before an ambulance arrived.

Holmes was transported to Androscoggin Valley Hospital and later taken to Central Maine Medical Center.

Jordan was able to visit Holmes at the hospital late Saturday night.

"He's got a lot of injuries, some serious. He's got some broken bones, but he is expected to make a full recovery. His spirits were good, and it was incredible to see him able to converse and be his old self," Jordan said.

Holmes, a 38-year-old husband and father of two, has been assigned to Coos County for about 15 years. He has been featured on Animal Planet's "North Woods Law," and a crew from the TV show was filming when the entire ordeal happened.

Jordan said the incident is a reminder about the dangers of speeding in off-road vehicles. Officials are still investigating, but Jordan said the three OHRV operators involved could face charges. They all cooperated at the scene.

No other injuries were reported.