Vt. State Police - 1:25 am Sun May 15th, 2011
On 05/13/2011 the Vermont State Police, New Haven Barracks, responded to a single vehicle crash involving a John Deere #4920 tractor, equipped with a 1000 gallon tank and sprayer apparatus, that occurred on Fern Lake Rd., in the town Leicester, VT.
The initial report from the operator, Jonathan Chamberlain, indicated the tank contained approximately 900 gallons of diluted Lumax an herbicide used for treating fields. According to Chamberlain approximately 10 gallons of the mixture leaked from the tank.
Upon arrival Troopers observed the overturned tractor and spoke with the operator, Chamberlain. According to Chamberlain, he was traveling on Fern Lake Rd when he encountered another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Chamberlain indicated he maneuvered the large piece of farm machinery as far to the right as he could so as to avoid a collision with the on coming vehicle. Chamberlain indicated the right side wheels dropped into the soft shoulder, which drew the tractor off the roadway, down the embankment and caused the
machine to overturn.
Chamberlain sustained minor injuries as a result of the crash and remained on scene while the tank's contents were transferred to a second vehicle.
The Brandon Fire Department responded to scene assisted the operator, conducted traffic control and assisted with the up-righting of the tractor.
Due to the large size and its heavy weight, commercial wreckers from EJM Enterprises and Midd State Towing responded to upright the large John Deere Tractor and remove it from the roadway.
Dominique Golliott from Vermont's Department of Agriculture also responded to the scene due to the load of Herbicide onboard the tractor. Golliot monitored the transfer of the Herbicide and determined the diluted mixture did not pose a risk to the environment.
Sgt. Stephen McNamara
Vermont State Police
Troop "C" New Haven
2490 Ethan Allen Highway
New Haven, VT 05472
MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH
TROOPERS: CJ Campbell and Stephen McNamara STATION: VSP New Haven
DATE/TIME: 05/13/2011 @ 1719 hrs.
LOCATION : Fern Lake Rd., Leicester, VT
VEHICLE #1 OPERATOR: Jonathan Chamberlain AGE: 30 SEAT BELT? N
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Addison, VT.
DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: 2006 John Deere Tractor #4920
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Cab and sprayer booms.
INJURIES: Minor Lacerations and Abrasions
WEATHER: Clear, warm
ROAD COND: Dry, soft shoulders.
Addison, VT 05491 (Set as Local)
New Haven, VT 05472 (Set as Local)
Leicester, VT 05733 (Set as Local)
Brandon, VT 05733 (Set as Local)