Category Archives: Crash

Intoxicated woman crashes car on I-91 with two kids inside, police say

A New Hampshire woman is facing multiple charges after police say she drove her car off Interstate 91 in Springfield Sunday night while intoxicated, with two young children in the car.
Katie E. Schulenberger, 26, of Langdon, N.H., was charged with DUI-accident resulting, child endangerment, careless and negligent operation with serious injury, and criminal driving on a suspended license, after, police say, the car she was driving went off the Interstate into the median at about 9:45 p.m., went partially airborne and hit a tree roof first.
Schulenberger was partially ejected through the sun roof. A four year old boy was partially ejected out the rear window; a five year old girl was pinned under the roof in the back seat, police said.
Neither of the children were wearing seatbelts, and rescue crews from the Springfield and Ascutney Fire Departments, along with Golden Cross Ambulance spent roughly 45 minutes extracting the three people in the car, all of whom are expected to live.
All three were taken to Darmouth Hitchock Medical Center, Schulenberger by helicopter; one child sustained a compound fracture to the foot, police said.
State troopers went to Dartmouth Hitchock to continue investigating the crash and there found Schulenberger to be intoxicated, and cited her to appear in Windsor County criminal court.

Slippery roads cause crashes; Route 4 in Castleton closed but reopens

Rob Mitchell / Staff Photo Rutland Police responded to this car into a telephone pole on Woodstock Avenue in Rutland Wednesday morning, when a light snowfall made roads slippery.

Rob Mitchell / Staff Photo
Rutland Police responded to this car into a telephone pole on Woodstock Avenue in Rutland Wednesday morning, when a light snowfall made roads slippery.


Slippery roads have caused crashes around the state this morning, as an accident closed Route 4 West in Castleton, and a Red Cross Bloodmobile went off the road on I-89 in Royalton when a car merged in front of it and slowed down too quickly, state police said.

Vermont State Police photo This Red Cross Bloodmobile went off I-89 when a smaller car merged in front of it and slowed down.

Vermont State Police photo
This Red Cross Bloodmobile went off I-89 when a smaller car merged in front of it and slowed down.



Pedestrian killed by train in Waterbury

WATERBURY — Vermont State Police have confirmed that a pedestrian has been struck and killed by a train in Waterbury.
Police are on the scene of the crash.
A police dispatcher says more information will be released later Thursday.

Man crashes car into Bennington house, home declared uninhabitable

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BENNINGTON – Police said a Pownal teenager crashed through the front porch of a Union Street home on Tuesday morning.

In a press release, Lt. Lloyd Dean of the Bennington Police Department said the crash was reported around 1:15 a.m.

According to police, Marcien L. Roy, 18 of Pownal, had been driving a 2004 GMC Yukon south on Union Street from Main Street. Roy failed to stop for the stop sign on Union Street at the sharp curve.

Roy attempted to negotiate the curve, but due to his speed, he drove off the left side of the road, struck the concrete curb and struck a rock which caused the vehicle to vault into the front porch the home of David Wholsen at 259 Union St.

The vehicle continued, airborne through the porch and into the front corner of the home the home of Paula Mitchinson also at 259 Union Street.

The car came to rest suspended above the ground with the front end of the car embedded in the Mitchinson home and the rear inside the destroyed front porch of Wholsen.

Roy was removed from the vehicle. His injuries were very minor, Dean said, despite several spears of wood protruding through the windshield into the driver’s seat area.

Roy admitted smoking marijuana and eating mushrooms prior to the crash, police said. Sgt. Jesse Robson of the Vermont State Police was on duty at the time and he examined Roy as a drug recognition expert to confirm.

Roy was processed at the Bennington Police Department for impaired driving.

The Bennington Fire Department was on scene as a fire prevention measure as well as ensuring building safety, erecting metal support posts at the home.

A code enforcement officer for the town of Bennington responded as well and declared the home unfit for occupancy.

The Red Cross responded and is helping provide housing for the family in the short term.

Roy was released with a citation to appear in the Bennington criminal court for for driving while impaired and negligent operation. He was released to a family member.

-Patrick McArdle | Staff Writer

Two men killed in crash on I-89 in Berlin

BERLIN — Vermont State Police are investigating a crash that killed two young men from Canada.
Police say 23-year-old Nicolas Munn of Mont Royal, Quebec, was driving north on Interstate 89 in Berlin Sunday afternoon when he lost control of his car and crashed into a series of rock ledges. Both he and his passenger, 21-year-old Timothy Pirro of Laval, Quebec, died of their injuries.
Police say the crash happened during a steady rain, and there was standing water on parts of the roadway.

Southern Vermont woman dies in fiery car crash

WILLIAMSVILLE – A local woman died after a crash on Thursday on Depot Road, according to Trooper Chris Lora of the Vermont State Police.
Lora said troopers from the Brattleboro barracks were notified around 4:50 p.m. that a 2013 Toyota Venza had been involved in a single-vehicle crash but while on their way to the scene, learned that the sports utility vehicle was on fire and its occupant, later identified as Kathleen A. Moore, 53, of Williamsville, was trapped inside.
Police said Moore died in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Lora asked that anyone with information involving the crash or who may have witnessed the crash but  has not already spoken to police, contact him at the Brattleboro barracks at 254-2382.

- Patrick McArdle | Staff Writer

Man killed in cement truck crash

The passenger in a cement truck died on Route 125 in Hancock on Wednesday, after the truck went out of control on its way to a work site and overturned, police said.

Michael Thompson, 45, of Bristol, was killed, and Jason Barton, 35, of Winooski was airlifted to Darmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with serious injuries, police said. Barton was driving the truck to a job site, and neither man was wearing a seat belt, police said. The road was closed for most of the day while the crash was investigated and cleaned up.

The crash remains under investigation.

Dog rolls down window, distracting driver; neither injured in resulting crash

MARLBORO — Police said a woman crashed her car after being distracted by her dog rolling down the car window.
Dorthy E. Levinson, 28, of Marlboro was driving east on Route 9 in a 2002 Subaru Impreza when her dog rolled down the window. Concerned that her dog might jump out the window, Levinson tried to restrain the dog and crashed, police said.
The car sustained heavy damage, police said, but neither Levinson nor the dog were injured.

Castleton students — including All-American football player — charged with retail theft in Rutland Town

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Vermont State Police said a group of Castleton State College students worked together to steal merchandise from Dick’s Sporting Goods in Rutland.

Two students – 21-year-old Brandon Boyle and 19-year-old George Busharis – were cited Tuesday for retail theft and police said several other Castleton students were involved but had yet to be identified.

Police said Boyle was working at the store Tuesday and helped Busharis get out with roughly $300 in merchandise. Busharis allegedly told police they had done this two or three times in recent weeks. Police said the store estimated its total losses at around $3,000.

Busharis and Boyle are both football players at Castleton. Castleton State College spokesman Jeff Weld issued a prepared statement Wednesday saying they had been suspended indefinitely from the football program.

“This matter is under investigation in cooperation with law enforcement,” Weld wrote. “Obviously the alleged behavior is unacceptable for any student, whether or not he or she has the privilege of intercollegiate athletic participation. We are very surprised and saddened by this situation.”

Boyle, a Springfield High School graduate, was named to several preseason All-American teams, after catching 96 passes, 18 for touchdowns, in 2012.

Busharis of Mansfield, Mass., is the starting quarterback and passed for 463 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-31 victory at Plymouth State University in the season opener Saturday.

Police release name of man killed in Proctorsville crash

The Jeep Cherokee at the scene of the crash.

The Jeep Cherokee at the scene of the crash.

CAVENDISH — A Ludlow man was killed on Route 103 in Cavendish between Greven Field and Route 131 when he ran head-on into a tractor trailer truck at about 5:30 p.m. Monday.

According to State Police, Brenton Stilwell, 29, of Ludlow, was heading north on Route 103 in a Jeep Cherokee, and  Robert Morris, 52, of Panton, was headed south driving a McDermotts Milk tractor trailer.

Stilwell’s Jeep crossed the center line and drove head on into Morris’s truck, police said. Paramedics tried to revive Stilwell at the scene, then he was taken to Springfield Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Morris was uninjured.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

According to State Trooper Tom Williams, the Jeep Cherokee was not registered to the driver involved in the crash while the tractor trailer belonged to McDermotts Milk of Enosburg Falls.

Paramedics were on the scene trying to resuscitate the driver of the Jeep Cherokee and the driver of the milk truck was not injured.

The crash happened at a nearby vacant grocery store on the north side of the highway. The entire front section of the Jeep Cherokee was ripped off and the tractor trailer lost several tires before it skidded to a complete stop.

Debris from both vehicles was scattered all over the road for at least a mile, according Williams. Police also found debris in the parking lot of the former grocery store and a tire that did damage to a nearby car.

“The tire fell off, went over the white (V-Tel) pickup truck, went over another car, hit the third car behind it (and) landed 15 feet in the woods. It was basically an explosion,” Williams said. “The local constable who lives nearby heard the crash and (said) it sounded like a bomb. It shook his house and windows, he told me,” Williams said.

State Police blocked off at least a mile of Route 103 for the crash reconstruction team. The crash was investigated by Williams, along with Troopers Tim Oliver and Eric Vitale.
- Christian Avard