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October 24, 2016

Press Release // Motor Vehicle Crash x2 // Interstate 89 Northbound // Winooski VT

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

                                                                                     

CASE#:             16A105418  &  16A105419

TROOPER:       Corporal Mark Magnant                               

STATION:         VSP-Williston         

CONTACT#:     802-878-7111

 

DATE/TIME:    10/24/2016  11:56 hours

LOCATION:      Interstate 89 (northbound), mile marker 90 / Exit 15, Winooski VT

 

Crash #1

VEHICLE #1    

OPERATOR:     N/A

AGE:                N/A
SEAT BELT?     N/A

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:   N/A

 

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE:     Unknown, small silver or gray, 4-door sedan possibly a Honda or Toyota

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE:             Non-disabling damage to the right side, particularly between the front and rear doors 

 

VEHICLE #2

OPERATOR:     Bernard Savard JR     

AGE:                48

SEAT BELT?     Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:   Berlin, Vermont

 

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE:     Red, 2009, Volvo Dump Truck registered to Vermont Roadside Fields of Charlotte, VT

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE:             Disabling, heavy front and right side damage, total loss

 

INJURIES

V # / NAME / CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE / AGE / SEAT BELT? / NATURE OF INJURY

V2  / Bernard Savard / Berlin, VT / 48 yoa / Seatbelt Yes / Shoulder, elbow, hip, neck and back   

HOSPITAL:       University of Vermont Medical Center                                 

WEATHER:       Cloudy, dry, windy

ROAD COND:  Dry

 

 

Crash #2

VEHICLE #1    

OPERATOR:     N/A

AGE:                N/A
SEAT BELT?     N/A

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:   N/A

 

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE:     Metallic orange, hatchback

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE:                        Non-disabling, rear end damage

 

VEHICLE #2

OPERATOR:     Karen Ryen     

AGE:                71

SEAT BELT?     Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:   Essex Jct, Vermont

 

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE:     silver, 2016, Honda Fit

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE:                        Disabling, front end damage

 

 

SUMMARY OF CRASHES:

 

The Vermont State Police are investigating two separate vehicle crashes that occurred northbound on Interstate 89, between the Winooski River Bridge and Exit 15, in the City of Winooski.  

 

The first crash occurred when a small, gray or silver, Honda or Toyota cut across three lanes of travel and struck the left front side of a red, 2009, Volvo Dump Truck operated by 48 year old Bernard Savard of Berlin, Vermont.  The small silver or gray vehicle cut over from the left passing lane to the far right lane where the dump truck was being operated.  The small silver or gray sedan struck the dump truck causing it to lose control and forcing it into the guardrail along the right shoulder.   The dump truck came to rest at a precarious angle against the guard rails along the right shoulder.  The small silver or gray sedan fled the scene following the crash.  The last known direction of travel was northbound on I89, possibly getting off the interstate at Exit 15.  No further description on the operator or occupants of the silver or gray vehicle.

 

The operator of the dump truck sustained non-life threatening injuries and was extracted from the vehicle by the Winooski Fire Department.  The operator was transported by ST Michael’s Rescue to the University of Vermont Medical Center for evaluation. 

 

The dump truck is registered to Vermont Roadside Fields of Charlotte, Vermont.  At the time of the crash the dump truck was fully loaded and hauling base fill with crushed stone.   The dump truck was stabilized and removed by Charlebois Towing and Recovery.   The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Team responded and conducted an inspection of the dump truck following the crash. 

 

The Vermont Agency of Transportation also responded to the scene.  There was heavy damage to an approximately 200 foot section of guardrail as well as heavy damage to the northbound shoulder and edge of the road surface at the scene.  The Vermont Agency of Transportation would be remaining on scene to secure the northbound shoulder until further repairs can be completed.     

 

Immediately following this crash a secondary crash occurred in the same lane just north of the first crash scene, prior to Exit 15.    A small silver, Honda Fit operated by 71 year old Karen Ryen of Essex Junction, Vermont rear-ended a metallic  orange hatchback.  The male operator of the hatchback reportedly had minimal damage and after providing his name and phone number to Ryen left the scene.  The male operator’s information is still being confirmed and verified at this time.  

 

None of the parties involved in the secondary crash were injured.  Ryen’s vehicle was towed from the scene due to moderate, disabling front end damage. 

 

As a result of both crashes traffic at the scene was reduced to one lane for several hours resulting in substantial traffic delays on Interstate 89 northbound.  

 

Anyone who may have witnessed or who has information regarding either crash is asked to contact Corporal Mark Magnant of the Vermont State Police at 802.878.7111.   Both crashes remain under investigation.

 

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