STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH
TROOPER: D. Lynch, J. Mikkola
CONTACT#: (802) 334-8881
DATE/TIME: 03/04/2017, 0800
LOCATION: I-91 North, MM 170
OPERATOR: Branden Schauer
SEAT BELT? Y
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Irasburg, VT
DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: Dodge Dart
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Damage to front bumper, left side
OPERATOR: Melanie Butler
SEAT BELT? Y
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Holland, VT
DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: Nissan Pathfinder
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Damage to rear bumper, airbag deployment.
WEATHER: Clear, cold, wind.
ROAD COND: Partially cleared, snow accumulation.
SUMMARY OF CRASH:
On 03/04/2017 at approximately 0800 hours, VSP-Derby Troopers were dispatched to a 2-car collision with injuries at mile marker 170 on I-91 North. It was reported the lanes of travel were blocked. The weather was cold and visibility was limited due to gusting wind. Troopers, US Border Patrol Agents, AOT, and Derby Line EMS responded and a lane of travel was opened.
Investigation revealed vehicle 2 had been traveling north with traffic. Vehicle 1, also traveling north, approached vehicle 2 at a speed unreasonable for visibility and road conditions. Vehicle 1 struck vehicle 2 from the rear and then collided with the west guardrail. Both vehicles were moved to the shoulders.
Both operators declined EMS.
COURT ACTION: Operator 1 issued VCVC for unreasonable speed-accident resulting.