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March 9, 2017

Motor vehicle crashes.

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
PRESS RELEASE
MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES

                                        

DATE/TIME: 3/9/17 0630-0930 hours
STREET: Interstate 89
INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: Mile Marker 80
WEATHER: Snow Squall
ROAD CONDITIONS: Icy


SUMMARY OF CRASH:

              On March 9th 2017 at approximately 0630 hours Vermont State Police out of the Williston Barracks started receiving calls of vehicles off the roadway on Interstate 89 in various locations.  A snow squall was in the area and caused the roadways to ice over quickly.  Near mile marker 80, also known as French Hill, several incidents involved many vehicles.  There were three two car collisions and four individual vehicles that slide off the road.  There were no significant injuries however at least two individuals were transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center as a precaution.  At one point both south bound lanes near mile marker 80 were blocked due to the collisions and icy road conditions.  Two AOT plow trucks were escorted through the traffic to the scene to assist with clearing the road.  Williston Fire and several tow agencies were also called to assist the State Police with clearing the involved vehicles from the interstate. 
              While Troopers were responding to the collisions and slide offs the State Police received numerous calls of vehicles using U-turns and backing down interstate on ramps to avoid the traffic.  State Police want to remind people the use of U-turns on the interstate is prohibited as is driving in reverse on the interstate.  Both violations are 2 point violations and $162.00 fines.      


Sgt. Paul Ravelin
Vermont State Police
2777 St. George Rd.
Williston, VT 05452
802-878-7111
Paul.Ravelin@vermont.gov