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June 1, 2017

State Police Press Release - Saint Albans VSP - ROAD CLOSURE - TT-Unit Crash - Case#17A202545

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH  ** ROAD CLOSURE **

 

CASE#:  17A202545                                         

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper John Bruzzi

STATION: VSP - Saint Albans                       

CONTACT#: 802-524-5993

 

DATE/TIME: 6/1/2017 @ 0521 hours

STREET: I-89 Northbound

TOWN: Swanton

INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: MM 121

WEATHER: Fair

ROAD CONDITIONS: Good

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Erik Sampson

AGE: 51     

SEAT BELT? Y

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Chateauguay, Quebec

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2013

VEHICLE MAKE: Kenwood

VEHICLE MODEL: CON (TT-Unit)

 

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

                On June 1, 2017 at approximately 0521 hours, State Police responded to a report of a TT-Unit that had gone off the road on I-89 northbound near mile marker 121. The operator, Erik Sampson (age 51) from Quebec, had been heading northbound with a load of metal when his TT-Unit left the roadway and went into the trees. Sampson was unsure if he fell asleep at the wheel, and also mentioned he remembers seeing a deer in the roadway.

                A guardrail was damaged, and the trailer had turned onto its side. There was also a significant spill of diesel fuel from the crash. AOT came to the scene in order to help shut the road down. The passing lane was shut down for a significant amount of time in order to allow crews to remove the vehicle.

                Assistance was given from DMV units, Swanton Fire, Hazmat, and AOT. The roadway has since be re-opened.