Hartford man killed in pickup truck rollover on Interstate 91; two others taken to hospital
NORWICH - A 37-year-old Hartford man who was a passenger in a pickup truck that went into the median of Interstate 91 and crashed into a set of ledges early Monday morning was pronounced dead at the scene.
Theodore Haley was killed around 4:30 a.m. when the truck, which was being driven by Keith Cushman, 34, of Lebanon, struck the ledge and rolled over, police said.
Haley was not wearing his seatbelt at the time and he was pinned underneath the wreckage of the totaled 2006 GMC Sierra pickup, rescuers reported.
Cushman sustained only minor cuts and scrapes but the other passenger, Michelle Hayward, 37, of Hartford, suffered a laceration to her head along with possible neck injuries.
Both she and Cushman were transported to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment while Haley's body was taken to Burlington for an autopsy that has been scheduled at the Chief Medical Examiner's Office.
Vermont State Police said conditions were clear and dry at Mile Marker 74 southbound at the time of the crash.
Hartford police and firefighters responded to the early morning incident along with several state troopers and, eventually, the state police's Crash Reconstruction Team.
"Due to the nature of the crash," Cushman was also taken to the hospital, state police noted, adding that "it is unknown at this time whether drugs or alcohol are a factor in this."
State Police are asking anyone traveling in the area at the time who may have seen something to contact Trooper Jeremy Lyon at the State Police Barracks in Royalton at (802) 234-9933.
A close friend of Haley's described him as a lifelong resident of the area - "proud to be a good old true Vermonter" - who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and dirt racing and said he is survived by a daughter, younger brothers and his parents who live in the Upper Valley.
Theodore Haley of Hartford with his daughter (Photo courtesy of Keith French)
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