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December 17, 2016

VSP press release

 CASE#: 16A206271
TROOPER: Sgt. Michael Aamodt
STATION: St. Albans
CONTACT#: 524-5993

DATE/TIME: 12-17-16/1221
STREET: Interstate Access Road and Rt. 104 intersection near exit 19
TOWN: St. Albans
LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS:
INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: N/A
WEATHER: Snowing
ROAD CONDITIONS:   Ice and snow covered

VEHICLE #1 
OPERATOR:   Cpl. George Rodriquez
AGE:      
SEAT BELT? Yes
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: St. Albans

VEHICLE YEAR: 2013
VEHICLE MAKE: Ford
VEHICLE MODEL: Taurus 
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Substantial rear end 
INJURIES: N/A
HOSPITAL: (IDENTIFY) N/A

VEHICLE #2
OPERATOR: Gary Howe
AGE:     59 
SEAT BELT?  Yes
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Winooski

VEHICLE YEAR: 2012
VEHICLE MAKE: Hino
VEHICLE MODEL:
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #2: Minor front end
INJURIES: N/A
HOSPITAL: (IDENTIFY)




SUMMARY OF CRASH: 
On 12-17-16 Cpl. Rodriquez was stopped at a red light in his State Police cruiser facing west waiting to make a left hand turn, at this time a flatbed wrecker was coming off the south bound lane of the interstate. When the wrecker merged into the travel lane the operator who was identified as Greg Howe advised the back end of his vehicle began to fishtail so he attempted to regain control. Howe advised that he was able to get the wrecker back under control but was not able to stop before striking the cruiser being operated by Cpl. Rodriquez in the rear and pushing it through the busy intersection where it came to rest on the median strip. The operator of the wrecker was not injured and Cpl. Rodriquez was taken to the hospital and later released. This accident remains under investigation at this time. The public is reminded to please slow down and drive according to the road conditions.