STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH
CONTACT#: (802) 773-9101
DATE/TIME: 04/04/2016 at approximately 0959 hours.
LOCATION: US Route 4 East Bound at the West Rutland Twin Bridges in the Town of West Rutland, Vermont.
OPERATOR: David J. Atkinson
SEAT BELT? Y
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Lancaster, MA
DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: 2007 Toyota Tacoma Truck
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Rear bumper / taillight assembly, quarter panels; damage to trailer and towed snowmobile
WEATHER: Overcast / Snow
ROAD COND: Snow and Ice
SUMMARY OF CRASH:
On the above date and time, members of the West Rutland Fire Department and Vermont State Police responded to US Route 4 East Bound in the Town of West Rutland, Vermont for a report of a motor vehicle crash.
Investigation at the scene found that 54 year old David Atkinson of Lancaster, MA was driving his 2007 Toyota Tacoma Pick-Up truck east bound on US Route 4 when he lost control on an icy bridge. This caused the trailer he was towing to strike a guardrail ejecting the snowmobile onto the roadway and subsequently sending his vehicle off the roadway into a ditch. Atkinson was not injured.
Atkinson’s vehicle, trailer and snowmobile were removed by Carrara’s Services of Rutland, Vermont with the help of the West Rutland Fire Department.
The crash remains under investigation.
Motorists are reminded that bridges often freeze before other road surfaces and reduced speeds are required during weather events.
COURT ACTION: Pending Investigation