UPDATED: Quechee man facing criminal charge
TAFTSVILLE - An older man was taken to the hospital after his car was destroyed in a collision with an 18-wheel tanker Wednesday night in the middle of the intersection of Routes 4 and 12.
State Police at the scene said their investigation had just begun but they were looking into reports that the older man driving the car may have suffered some sort of medical event that could have precipitated the collision with the tractor-trailer truck which was hauling a load of spring water.
The truck driver was uninjured and the driver of the car, which had Vermont plates, was able to get himself out of his crushed vehicle before a Woodstock Ambulance crew arrived on the scene to treat him. He was eventually taken to an area hospital to be checked out but his injuries were not believed to be serious.
The intersection, which is just east of the hamlet of Taftsville, is right near where the corners of four towns (Woodstock, Hartland, Hartford and Pomfret) meet but it sits within Hartland and the Hartland Volunteer Fire Department and the Hartland FAST Squad responded to the scene.
Several Vermont State Police troopers were on scene along with an inspector from the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles and more information is expected to be released soon.
The crash completely halted westbound traffic on Route 4 for just over an hour, backing vehicles clear up and around the corner as far as the former Scotland-by-the-Yard shop.
DMV Inspector Christopher O'Keefe confers with state troopers about the crash
UPDATE: Vermont State Police are charging the driver of the Honda sedan involved in the 9 p.m. head-on collision with drunk driving.
Craig Arnesen, 69, of Quechee will be cited into court in White River Junction to answer the charge, Trooper Jonathan Duncan reported.
Arnesen was transported from the scene by ambulance to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center as a precaution.
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