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December 17, 2019

WILLISTON BARRACKS / COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#: 19A106025                                     

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Quealy

STATION: Williston                                     

CONTACT#: 802-878-7111

 

DATE/TIME: 12-17-2019 @ 0254 hours

STREET: I-89 Northbound

TOWN: Bolton

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: Richmond town line

INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: 73.4

WEATHER: Clear             

ROAD CONDITIONS: Dry, patches of black ice

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Carlos Mendez

AGE: 36     

SEAT BELT? Y

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: New Britain, CT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2015

VEHICLE MAKE: Freightliner

VEHICLE MODEL: M2 106 Medium Duty

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Totaling front end

INJURIES: Serious

HOSPITAL: UVM Medical Center

 

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

 

On December 17th, 2019 at approximately 0254 hours Troopers with VSP Williston were notified of an overturned box truck blocking the left lane of I-89 Northbound. Further information was received stating that the operator was seriously injured but alert and entrapped in the cab of the truck.

 

Responding Troopers and a Good Samaritan that had stopped at the scene were able to extricate the operator, who would later be identified as Carlos Mendez (age 36) of New Britain, CT. He was transported by Richmond Rescue to UVM Medical Center for evaluation and treatment of a serious head injury and other injuries.

 

Troopers remained on scene and the left lane of I-89 Northbound remained closed for approximately 2.5 hours. Initial investigation indicates that inattention and exhaustion were contributing factors. The investigation is ongoing.

 

VSP Williston was assisted at this crash by Williston PD, Richmond Rescue, and Richmond Fire Department.

 

Trooper Nathaniel Quealy

Vermont State Police- Williston Barracks

2777 St. George Road

Williston VT, 05495

Nathaniel.Quealy@vermont.gov

W- 802-878-7111

C- 802-585-0782