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March 4, 2017

Press Release / VSP-Rutland / Fatal MV Crash / Pittsfield, VT / 17B401291 / March 3, 2017

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#: 17B401291                                      

TROOPER: Stephenson

STATION: Rutland                           

CONTACT#: (802) 773-9101

 

DATE/TIME: March 3, 2017 at approximately 1805 hours

STREET: VT Route 100

TOWN: Pittsfield, VT

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: Townsend Brook Road

INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: N/A

WEATHER: Cold, snowing

ROAD CONDITIONS: Ice, light snow

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Kalene M. McGurn

AGE: 23    

SEAT BELT? Unknown

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Bennington, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 1998

VEHICLE MAKE: Toyota

VEHICLE MODEL: 4-Runner SR5

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Totaled/consumed by fire and significant impact damage to passenger’s side

INJURIES: Fatal

HOSPITAL: Rutland Regional Medical Center

 

VEHICLE #2

OPERATOR: Robert C. Towle II

AGE: 23

SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Rutland City, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2006

VEHICLE MAKE: Ford

VEHICLE MODEL: Pickup truck

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #2: Totaled including significant damage to front end.

INJURIES: None

HOSPITAL: N/A

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

 

On Friday, March 3, 2017 at approximately 1805 hours, troopers from the Vermont State Police –Rutland Barracks, Pittsfield Fire Department and White River Valley Ambulance were notified of a two-car motor vehicle crash on VT Route 100, north of Townsend Brook Road in the Town of Pittsfield. The crash was reported with injuries.

 

Preliminary investigation revealed that operator #1 (Kalene M. McGurn) was traveling north, operating vehicle #1 (a 1998 Toyota 4-Runner) and was the lead vehicle among several other northbound vehicles. Operator #2 (Robert C. Towle) was traveling south, operating vehicle #2 (a 2006 Ford pickup truck). McGurn’s vehicle traveled left of center, into the path of vehicle #2. Towle was unable to avoid vehicle #2. Vehicle #2 struck vehicle #1 and both vehicles came to rest on the west side of the roadway. Operator #1 was trapped inside her vehicle for a short time, but was aided by Towle and other bystanders. Shortly after McGurn was helped from her vehicle, the vehicle caught fire and completely burned.

 

McGurn suffered significant injuries and was transported to the Rutland Regional Medical Center by White River Valley Ambulance. Shortly after her arrival at the hospital, McGurn succumbed to her injures and died.

 

The Vermont State Police were assisted by the Killington Police Department, Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, Pittsfield Fire Department, several off-duty first responders, and several bystanders at the scene.

 

The investigation is on-going, but no criminal charges are expected. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash, is asked to contact Trooper Jeffrey Stephenson, Vermont State Police –Rutland, at 802-773-9101.

 

No additional information will be released at this time.

 

PBT%: .000% (Towle)

Vermont Civil Violation Complaint: None

COURT ACTION: None pending