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January 27, 2020

Royalton/Fatal Crash

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

NEWS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

 

CASE#: 20B200333                                                           

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Cpl. M. Busier

STATION: Royalton                                         

CONTACT#: 802-234-9933

 

DATE/TIME: 1/27/20 7:18 AM

STREET: Interstate 91

TOWN: Hartland

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS:

INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: MM 61.2

WEATHER: Cloudy           

ROAD CONDITIONS: clear and dry

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Bart Blonstein

AGE: 64    

SEAT BELT? Y

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Vernon, CT

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2018

VEHICLE MAKE: Freightliner

VEHICLE MODEL: M2 112

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: left side damage to bottom of cargo box

INJURIES: None

HOSPITAL: (IDENTIFY)

 

VEHICLE #2

OPERATOR: Natalia Brodeur

AGE: 57     

SEAT BELT? N

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Claremont NH

 

VEHICLE YEAR: 2006

VEHICLE MAKE: Toyota

VEHICLE MODEL: Corolla

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #2: Contact damage to the both sides and roof of the vehicle from roll over contact and contact with Vehicle #1, front end damage due to contact with ditch in median.

INJURIES: Fatal

HOSPITAL: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

 

Initial reports of this crash indicated there was a single vehicle involved a roll over in the median and the operator sustained possible fatal injuries.  While troopers were en route to the scene a member of state police from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations stopped and rendered assistance.  An operator involved stopped and called 911.  They reported that the vehicle involved in the rollover had struck their vehicle. 

 

Windsor Fire Department and Ambulance responded and transported the operator from the passenger vehicle, which rolled over in the median, to the hospital for serious injuries.  The operator was identified as Natalia Brodeur, age 57, of Claremont NH, who died of her injuries at Dartmouth.

 

Bart Blonstein, age 64, of Vernon CT, was identified as the other operator involved in this crash.  Blonstein was driving a commercial Freightliner box truck north bound when the vehicles struck in a side collision, which forced Brodeur's vehicle off the roadway.  Blonstein was able to stop the truck he was driving in the break down lane north of the crash scene.  There was another vehicle reported stopped in the break down lane at the time of the collision with the driver door and rear hatch open, which presented an immediate hazard. 

 

Due to the involvement of a commercial vehicle in the crash the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicle Inspectors were contacted to complete an inspection of the vehicle.  Blonstein was issued a Vermont Civil Violation Complaint for failing to maintain the lane of travel, with an accident and fatality resulting.

 

The New Hampshire Medical Examiner and the Windsor County State Attorney's Office are also involved with this investigation.  An autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death and is pending.  Once the autopsy, crash investigation and commercial vehicle inspection are complete, the reports will be sent to the Windsor County State's Attorney for review for possible criminal charges.

 

Anyone having information or who witnessed this crash are asked to contact Cpl. Mark Busier, or Sgt. Eric Hudson, at the Royalton Barracks at 802-234-9933.  This crash remains under investigation.