This week's Vermont State Police blotter includes three area accidents, two of them along I-91 in Hartland and Springfield.
Caravan leaves the road, rolls
On Aug. 18 at 7:09 a.m., Vermont State Police responded to a single car motor vehicle crash that had just occurred on Interstate 91 northbound in the town of Hartland. It was raining at the time of the accident.
The initial investigation found that the 2007 Dodge Caravan, driven by Abdirazack Garad Mohamed, 28, of Claremont, was traveling north and left the left side of the road going into the grass median. After leaving the travel portion of the road the vehicle rolled multiple times. The vehicle was totaled as a result of the crash.
The passenger, Brittany L. Stinson, 27, of Claremont was ejected from the vehicle and Garad Mohamed was thrown to the back of the vehicle. Neither the operator nor the passenger were wearing seat belts and both sustained multiple injuries. They were transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon for assessment and treatment of their injuries.
Vermont State Police were assisted by Hartland Fire Department, Windsor Fire and Rescue and Windsor Police Department.
This crash remains under investigation. Anyone who observed this crash is asked to contact Trooper Joseph Pregent at 234-9933.
Truck and car collide on Rt. 103
On Aug. 20 at 6:20 a.m., Vermont State Police received a report of a motor vehicle crash located on Vermont Route 103 near the Vermont Country Store in the town of Rockingham. The weather was clear with patchy fog in the area. The road was clear and dry, but it did not have double yellow lines painted yet due to the recent paving project. Reflective markers were in place to designate north and southbound lanes.
Vermont State Police were advised that a Kenilworth tractor trailer driven by Eric R. Baker, 41, of Higganum, Connecticut and Mazda 3 sedan driven by Kaziah M. White, 26, of Sunapee had been involved in a collision causing heavy damage to both motor vehicles. The truck sustained heavy damage to truck frame, driver side wheel and driver's side fuel tank and car sustained heavy front end damage. Both operators were transported to area hospitals. White is currently listed in critical condition at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with massive injury to left arm, bilateral femur breaks and cut and bruising. Baker was transported to Springfield Hospital with minor injuries.
Route 103 was shut down for approximately six hours while State Police patrols and the State Police Crash Reconstruction Team investigated the cause of the crash.
Several gallons of diesel fuel was spilt onto the roadway, which environmental services, Vermont Agency of Transportation and Town of Rockingham road crews cleaned up prior to re-opening the roadway.
The preliminary investigation revealed the Mazda 3 struck the truck at the center markers on the roadway.
Keep your eyes on the road, and your hands upon the wheel
On Aug. 20 at 12:45 p.m., Vermont State Police were dispatched to a one-car rollover crash on the Interstate 91 south on ramp at exit 7. Prior to arrival, Springfield Police had arrived on scene and reported the operator was a 16-year-old female and had been transported to the hospital with minor shoulder pain.
Upon arrival, a 2009 Nissan Cube was found resting on its passenger side in a grassy area off the east side of the on ramp with damage to its hood and both the driver and passenger sides. The operator of the Cube was later identified at the Springfield Hospital as Evette Duval of Essex Junction, Vermont. Duval reported she had accidentally gotten on the southbound on ramp instead of the northbound on ramp as planned. While entering the on ramp Duval briefly looked at her GPS and subsequently went off the roadway into the grass. Duval immediately tried to correct this action which lead to her vehicle rolling. Duval was later issued a written warning for violating Title 23 VSA 1038 (Roadways laned for traffic).
Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by Springfield Police, Springfield Fire/Rescue and Benny’s Towing.