Highway workers knocked off their feet by falling lumber at I-91 work zone in Bradford

Truck lost part of its load while trying to quickly slow down

BRADFORD - Several Vermont Agency of Transportation workers were "swept off their feet" late Thursday morning when large timbers began to spill off a lumber truck down into a work zone just above Interstate 91's Exit 16 southbound off-ramp.

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    Despite initial concerns, it turned out that no one was injured but the mishap forced the closure of the passing lane for several hours while debris was removed from the highway and the lumber was transferred to another truck.

    Vermont State Police Trooper David Shaffer said that incident occurred about 11:15 a.m. as the VTRANS  workers were closing the passing lane so they could make repairs to a bridge. 

    "The workers were attempting to advise drivers to reduce their speed," Shaffer wrote, adding that when one of the on-coming vehicles nearly came to a stop it caused the tractor trailer, which had been following behind it, to quickly slow down in order to avoid a collision.  The sudden deceleration caused a portion of the load of lumber to spill into the roadway where "several AOT workers were swept off their feet as a result."

    Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles officers assisted state troopers on the scene with the investigation.

    "State Police remind motorists to reduce their speed and provide ample room between vehicles, particularly when driving in work zones," Trooper Shaffer noted.

 Vermont News can be contacted at vermontnews802@gmail.com

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