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October 13, 2016

Press Release / State Police / Fatal Crash / 16D002645

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#: 16D002645                                                          

TROOPER: Brian Turner

STATION: Westminster                                

CONTACT#: 802-722-4600

 

DATE/TIME: 10-13-16 / 1122 hours

STREET: Stage Road

TOWN: Guilford

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: East of Fern Drive

INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: N/A

WEATHER: Clear and warm         

ROAD CONDITIONS: Dry

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Joseph L. Earle

AGE: 48    

SEAT BELT? N

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Guilford, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2009

VEHICLE MAKE: Toyota

VEHICLE MODEL: Tacoma

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Totaled

INJURIES: Deceased

HOSPITAL: N/A

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

 

State Police from the Westminster Barracks responded to a single vehicle crash involving a fatality.  Crash was located on Stage Road in Guilford, just south of Fern Drive.  The lone vehicle was traveling east at an undetermined rate of speed when it left the roadway while traveling through a right curve in the road.  Vehicle #1 struck a large tree head-on, deflected sideways and slid down an embankment leading to a brook.  The driver's side of the vehicle came to rest against a tree preventing it from sliding to the bottom of the embankment. 

 

Operator #1 was found with no pulse inside the vehicle by several neighbors who heard the crash.  Rescue personnel arriving on scene confirmed that operator #1 was deceased.   

 

There were two dogs inside the vehicle at the time, one sustained a head laceration while the second dog was trapped inside the vehicle and needed to be extricated by fire personnel.  A local vet responded to the scene to assist. It was determined that the second dog had sustained life threatening injuries and was euthanized.     

 

This investigation is still on-going.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the VT State Police in Westminster at 802-722-4600.