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November 14, 2019

Westminster Barracks Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash- 11/13/2019


STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE
FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

CASE#: 19B106539                                                           
RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. Z. Van Valkenburgh
STATION: Westminster Field Station                                       
CONTACT#: 802-722-4600

DATE/TIME: 11/13/2019, at approximately 1:27PM
STREET: Vermont Route 35
TOWN: Athens
LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: Between Sleepy Hollow Road and Vermont Route 121.
WEATHER: Sub freezing temperatures with no precipitation.       
ROAD CONDITIONS: Dry, clear and free of any hazards.

VEHICLE #1
OPERATOR: The Vermont State Police does not release the names of any deceased persons
until the next of kin has been notified. An updated news released will be
forthcoming once notification is made.
AGE: 35     
SEAT BELT? No
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Walpole, New Hampshire

VEHICLE YEAR: 2020
VEHICLE MAKE: Freightliner
VEHICLE MODEL: Fuel body truck
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: totaled
INJURIES: Fatal
HOSPITAL: N/A

VEHICLE #2: None



SUMMARY OF CRASH:

On 11/13/2019, at approximately 1:27 hours, Troopers from the Vermont State
Police Westminster Field Station were dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle
crash on VT-35 in the Town of Athens, near the intersection of VT-121.

Upon arrival, Troopers located a fuel delivery truck laying on the driver’s side
off the east edge of the roadway.

Subsequent investigation determined: 
Vehicle #1 (V1) was traveling southbound on VT-35 from the VT-121 interchange
when it left the west edge of the roadway, crossed back over the sound and northbound lanes and then struck a tree.
The operator (and sole occupant) of the vehicle was pronounced deceased on the scene.

The Vermont State Police was assisted by the, Saxtons River Fire Department, the
Bellows Falls Fire Department, the Westminster Fire Department, Golden Cross
Ambulance Service and Hillside Towing .

This crash is still under investigation, an updated news release will be issued.



COURT ACTION: None

Trooper Zachary Van Valkenburgh
Vermont State Police
Troop B- Westminster
1330 Westminster Heights Road
Putney, Vermont 05346
O: 802-722-4600