Vt. State Police - 11:55 pm Mon Jun 24th, 2013
On the above date and time State Police, Winooski Fire, UVM and St. Mikes Rescue responded to the above location for a multi vehicle crash involving a commercial motor vehicle. Injuries were reported as a result of the crash.
Upon arrival the first responders determined that the commercial vehicle, an 18 wheel box style tt unit, belonging to SGT Transport, had gone over the bridge and come to rest about 50 feet below. The truck was hauling some type of non toxic paper product. The truck was totally demolished as a result of falling off the bridge onto the ground below. The truck landed about 20 feet from the Winooski River.
The operator of the Commercial vehicle was pinned in the truck sustained serious injures in the crash. First Responders, with the assistance of Colchester Tech, were able to extricate the driver and get him up the bank to the awaiting EMS personnel. He is currently in critical condition being treated at FAHC. His identity will be disclosed in a later release.
Three other passenger vehicles were involved in this crash, a Jeep Cherokee, a Chevrolet Canyon Pick Up and a Ford Focus hatchback. The operators and passengers of those vehicles sustained non-life threatening injuries. All but one of them were transported to FAHC for treatment.
Preliminary Investigation into this crash reveals that the Jeep Cherokee was traveling in the passing lane when it lost control (likely hydroplaned) and side swiped the passing lane guard rail. The Jeep then crossed into the center lane and was rear ended by the Chevrolet Canyon Pick Up Truck which was traveling in that lane. The Jeep then came to rest in the break down lane and the Canyon came to rest in the center lane. Moments later, the Focus, which was also traveling in the center lane, was rear ended by the commercial vehicle. After striking the Focus, the commercial vehicle crashed through the passing lane bridge guard rails, damaging approximately 100 feet of guardrail, before dropping about 50 feet to the terrain below.
At this time the southbound lane of Interstate 89 remains closed at this location. Southbound traffic is currently being diverted off the Southbound lane at exit 16. No southbound traffic is being allowed on the interstate at exits 15 and 16. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes. One lane should be opened within approximately one hours. The remaining lanes will remain closed while the commercial unit is removed.
Additional information will be released at a later time.
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Sergeant Mike Kamerling
Vermont State Police
Ph: (802) 878-7111
Fax: (802) 878-2742
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MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH
TROOPERS: Paul Ravelin, Mike Kamerling, Michelle LeBlanc, Capt. Glenn Hall, Lt. James Whitcomb, Paul Badger, Dan Marcellus, DMV Inspector Rick Moore.
OTHER AGENCIES: Winooski Fire, UVM Rescue, St. Mikes Rescue, Colchester Technical Rescue
STATION: VSP Williston
CONTACT#: (802) 878-7111
DATE/TIME: 06/24/2013 @ 20:48 hours
LOCATION: Interstate 89 South, MM 90, Winooski (Winooski River Bridge)
WEATHER: Heavy Rain
ROAD COND: Wet, Standing Water
Uvm, VT 05405 (Set as Local)
Winooski, VT 05404 (Set as Local)
Colchester, VT 05446 (Set as Local)