BURLINGTON — Vermont public health and safety officials are going to be talking about a spike in traffic fatalities.
Statistics show that 74 people have died on Vermont’s highways so far this year, up from 51 in 2011 and 60 in 2010.
Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen and Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn are going to discuss Tuesday the factors that they believe are contributing to the increase and what can be done to reduce them.
Dr. Ray Keller, the head of the trauma center at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, will talk about how those fatalities have affected the state’s largest emergency department.
More than have of the people killed this year were not wearing seat belts.
A Readsboro woman sustained only minor injuries after her car hit a patch of ice, spun off Rte. 100 in Whitingham, hit two trees - one of which broke off and fell on her car - and finally hit a large rock next to a stream, police said.
Kathleen Quinn, 40, was driving south on Rte. 100 near Corse road in Whitingham when she drove onto an icy part of the road and went off the west side of the road. She was taken to Southern Vermont Medical Center by Whitingham Ambulance. The relatively minor extent of her injuries, according to police, can be attributed to her wearing a seatbelt and the airbag deployment.
A crash on an icy Route 7 bridge killed a Rutland woman this morning. Donna M. Arnado, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders who arrived at a crash near the Williams Farm in Rutland Town north of Rutland City just before 7 a.m.
Vermont State Police say Arnado was driving north in her 2002 Chevrolet Tracker when she crossed an ice-coated bridge and lost control of her vehicle. The car spun into the southbound lane and was struck by a 2004 GMC pickup driven by John M. Thomas, 54, of Rutland Town. Police say Thomas’ ribs were bruised during the crash and he was taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center.
Speed, drugs and alcohol were ruled out as factors in the crash, police say.
State Police are reporting that the Interstate is back open and traffic is moving in the two places it had been shut down due to icy conditions, as of 9:35 a.m.
From the Vermont State Police:
The Northbound lane of Interstate 89 is currently blocked at about mile 80 in Williston due to traffic that is unable to get up the “French Hill” area due to extremely icy conditions.
The southbound lanes area also severely backed up and impassable at about mile 95 in Colchester (Just north of exit 16)
The State Police reminds motorists to drive slowly, leave plenty of extra room between vehicles and give yourself extra time to reach your destinations.
MONTPELIER — People across Vermont should be seeing more law enforcement officers on the roads over the holiday weekend checking to make sure motorists are wearing their seatbelts.
The Governor’s Highway Safety Program is sponsoring a holiday Click-It-or-Ticket enforcement campaign from Wednesday through Sunday.
People on Vermont roads should expect to see more state, county and local law enforcement officers.
Statistics show that of the 70 people killed on Vermont roads so far this year 40 were not properly restrained.
Vermont’s statewide seatbelt usage is just over 84 percent, below the national average of 85 percent.
The state has run click-it-or-ticket campaigns since 2002.
Police say Jason Wark, 36, of Sharon, was clocked driving 104 miles per hour on Interstate 89 northbound in Berlin on Sunday. Police pulled Wark over and charged him with careless and negligent operation of a vehicle.
The Albany Times-Union is reporting that a rock slide has closed Route 4 in Fort Ann, just across the border from Fair Haven Monday morning. The story:
Emergency responders at the scene of a rock slide on Route 4 said they believe no one was injured in the Monday morning incident.
Several boulders, some the size of a small house, fell across the road to a length of about 50 feet, just south of the intersection of routes 4 and 22.
The major thoroughfare between Washington County and Vermont will be closed for at least 20 hours as heavy equipment operators clear the road, State Police said.
Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Police-No-sign-of-trapped-vehicle-in-Fort-Ann-3949502.php#ixzz29OCQKlbY
NORTH HERO — A section of Route 2 in North Hero will be closed for a short time at the end of the month while a culvert is replaced.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture says the road on Carry Bay will be closed for 30 hours from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, to 6 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.
One lane of the road may be closed next week while crews prepare for the culvert work.
Motorists should expect delays while equipment is moved.
One lane will also be closed the week after the culvert is replaced during paving and the installation of guardrails.
A Plainfield man has been charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident after an incident in downtown Plainfield, state police said. Trooper Ryan Green was called to Plainfield around 11:17 p.m. Friday and found that Roy Starling, driving a Honda CR-V, had been hit by a truck that had then left, at the intersection of Rte. 2, School Street and Main Street Extension by the blinking light. Starling had gotten the license plate of the truck, police said, and two troopers followed up on that tip.
They found the truck at the home of Joshua Barnett, 22, of Plainfield, and on interviewing Barnett, suspected him of being intoxicated. They also saw damage to Barnett’s truck. He was arrested and cited to appear in court on Nov. 1.
A Townshend woman is safe after she spun off the road while driving drunk and rolled into a pond in Wardsboro, police say.
Diana Gayle Lane, 69, was driving west on Newfane Road when she missed a turn and went off the road, police say. After hitting a stone wall, Lane’s car rolled into a pond and went completely underwater. Lane was able to get out of the car and make it to shore. State Troopers who responded to the crash found that she had been driving under the influence of alcohol.
Scott Brooks Towing got her car out of the pond with the help of a local scuba team.
Layne was arrested and lodged at Southern State Correctional Facility, and ordered to appear before the Windham County Superior Court on October 23.