STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH
RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Corporal Andrew Leise, Trooper TJ Howard
STATION: VSP Williston
DATE/TIME: February 3, 2017, 1300 hours
STREET: Interstate 89
LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: Richmond Flats
INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: MM75.8 NB
ROAD CONDITIONS: Snow
VISIBILITY: Very poor due to falling snow
OPERATOR: Brian E. Jackson
SEAT BELT? Y
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Manchester, CT
VEHICLE YEAR: 2002
VEHICLE MAKE: Nissan
VEHICLE MODEL: Xterra
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Moderate front end contact damage
SUMMARY OF CRASH: On February 3, 2017 at approximately 1300 hours VSP Troopers cleared from investigating two separate motor vehicle collisions on I89 in Richmond at an area commonly referred to as the rock cuts.
After clearing, the two Troopers were driving north on I89 in the right travel lane at approximately 50 miles per hour due to snowy road and weather conditions. Visibility in the area was also very poor due to heavy falling snow. At this time, a vehicle driven by 45 y/o Brian Jackson of Manchester CT came up behind the two Troopers at a speed too fast for the existing conditions using the passing lane. Jackson subsequently braked hard upon seeing the VSP cruisers, lost control of the vehicle he was operating, came within one car length of colliding with the rear of the trailing cruiser, and hit a wire guard rail on the east side of the interstate. There were no injuries. Speeding on the part of operator#1 was a contributing factor.
Jackson was issued a VCVC pursuant to Title 23 VSA Section 1081(a) Speed restrictions $220 and 4 points for failing to maintain control. Troopers continue to remind motorists to maintain safe speeds during inclement weather.