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May 14, 2018

Shaftsbury Barracks/Motor Vehicle Crash

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#:18B301496                                                           

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Thomas Sandberg

STATION: Shaftsbury Barracks                                   

CONTACT#: (802)442-5421

 

DATE/TIME:05-14-18

STREET: Vermont Route 9 East

TOWN: Woodford

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: Woodford State Park

WEATHER: Clear, sunny

ROAD CONDITIONS: Under construction

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Christopher J. Richards

AGE: 20    

SEAT BELT? Y

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: North Tonawanda, NY

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2006

VEHICLE MAKE: Chevrolet

VEHICLE MODEL: Cobalt

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Damage to front bumper and radiator

INJURIES: None

 

VEHICLE #2

OPERATOR: Jorge Romo

AGE:46     

SEAT BELT? Y

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Marlboro, VT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2006

VEHICLE MAKE: Chevrolet

VEHICLE MODEL: Silverado

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #2: None

INJURIES: None

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

 

On 05-14-18 at approximately 12:40 hours, the Vermont State Police responded to a two vehicle crash near Woodford State Park on Vermont Route 9 East, Woodford, Vermont. Vehicle 1, operated by Richards, had been travelling eastbound behind Vehicle 2, which was operated by Romo. As Vehicle 2 led a pack of cars through the construction zone, Romo applied his brakes as he saw a flagman and Bennington County Sheriff's Office Deputy directing traffic. The braking caused Vehicle 2's cargo to shift in the bed of the truck, resulting in Romo jamming harder on his brakes. Richards estimated he was approximately one car length behind Vehicle 2, and collided with Vehicle 2's trailer hitch. Neither operator nor their passengers were injured in the crash. Richards was issued a written warning for following too closely, a violation of Title 23 VSA 1039.