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March 13, 2017

Fw: DERBY BARRACKS/FATAL CRASH

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE
MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH - FATAL

CASE#: 17A501028
RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: SGT Michael LaCourse/Tpr Josh Mikkola
STATION: Derby
CONTACT#: 802-334-8881

DATE/TIME: 03/13/2017 @ 1204 hrs
STREET: VT RTE 100
TOWN: Lowell
LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: 6297 VT RTE 100, Lowell, VT
INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: n/a
WEATHER: Clear
ROAD CONDITIONS: Clear

VEHICLE #1 
OPERATOR: Gordon Farrar
AGE:   45   
SEAT BELT? N
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Newport, VT

VEHICLE YEAR: 2007
VEHICLE MAKE: Chevrolet
VEHICLE MODEL: Colorado
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Extensive front end/Totalled
INJURIES: Deceased
HOSPITAL: n/a

VEHICLE #2 
OPERATOR:  Joanne Nolin
AGE:  68
SEAT BELT? Y
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Derby, VT

VEHICLE YEAR: 2008
VEHICLE MAKE:Dodge
VEHICLE MODEL:Caliber
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #2: Extensive Front end/ Totalled
INJURIES: Deceased
HOSPITAL: N/A




SUMMARY OF CRASH: 

On March 13th, 2017, at approximately 1204 hours, the Vermont State Derby
Barracks were notified of a two-vehicle crash that had occurred on VT RTE 100 in
Lowell, near 6297 VT RTE 100.

Troopers from the Derby barracks, along with members of the VSP Crash
Reconstruction Team responded to the crash scene. Through investigation it was
determined that Gordon Farrar, 45 of Newport, VT was traveling northbound on VT
RTE 100 when his 2007 Chevrolet Colorado crossed the centerline into the path of
a southbound 2008 Dodge Caliber, being operated by Joanne Nolin, 68, of Derby,
VT.

The vehicles collided in the southbound lane. Both vehicles received extensive
front end damage and were both totalled. Both operators received extensive
injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Both lanes of VT RTE 100 were closed for several hours, while investigators
attempted to process the scene.

Lowell Fire Department and Missisquoi Valley Ambulance service responded to the scene and assisted.

The crash remains under investigation.



Sergeant Michael LaCourse
Patrol Commander
Vermont State Police
Troop A - Derby Barracks
35 Crawford Road
Derby, VT
 
802-334-8881
 
michael.lacourse@vermont.gov  (***Please note my email address has changed***)