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August 9, 2017

VSP WILLISTON/ MV CRASH

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE


MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

CASE#: 17A103558    
RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: SGT. R.J. LUCAS
STATION:   VSP WILLISTON
CONTACT#: 802-878-7111


DATE/TIME: 08/08/2017 at approx. 0115 hours
STREET: I-89 SB
TOWN: WILLISTON
LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: APPRX. 1 MILE NORTH OF EXIT 12
INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: 85
WEATHER: RAIN
ROAD CONDITIONS: WET


VEHICLE #1
OPERATOR: JUSTIN HAIGHT
AGE: 33 YRS    
SEAT BELT? Y
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: COLCHESTER, VT


VEHICLE YEAR: 2006
VEHICLE MAKE: SUBA
VEHICLE MODEL: LEGACY
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: SUBSTANTIAL DRIVER'S SIDE
INJURIES: Non-life threatening internal injuries
HOSPITAL: UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT MEDICAL CENTER


SUMMARY OF CRASH:

VSP Williston Troopers responded to a single vehicle collision on I89 SB near MM 85.  Upon arriving on scene, it was determined that Op#1 (Haight) was traveling SB on I89 when his vehicle hydroplaned and exited off the western side of the interstate.  Veh. #1 traveled approx. 75 feet in a southwesterly (diagonal) direction before colliding with a construction message sign trailer.  The impact caused the trailer to flip over and Veh. #1 to spin around before coming to rest facing in a northeasterly direction.


Due to damage sustained to the driver's side of the vehicle, Haight was extricated from the vehicle by Williston Fire/Rescue.  He was transported to UVMC with non-life threatening but serious internal injuries. 


The cause of the crash was determined to be operating at a speed Too Fast For Roadway Conditions. It should be noted the vehicle's airbag curtain deployment system, as well as, the use of his seatbelt prevented Haight from sustaining more serious injuries.


Sgt. Bob Lucas

VERMONT STATE POLICE

Patrol Commander

Troop "A" Williston Barracks

(802)878-7111

robert.j.lucas@vermont.gov