Thursday July 18, 2013

ELIZABETH CONKEY

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- On Tuesday at around 5:40 p.m. Bennington Police, Bennington Rescue and Bennington Rural Fire Department responded to a 911 call of a farm vehicle crash on Carpenter Hill Road.

A preliminary investigation conducted by Bennington Police revealed that a Ford F250 pick-up truck, driven by Felix R. Lecours, 84 of Bennington, was driving north on Carpenter Hill Road from Pownal into Bennington.

As he approached the first 90-degree curve in the road, Lecours continued to drive straight, and collided with a Kubota farm tractor that was hauling dirt and traveling south on the road, owned by Southern Vermont Orchards.

The driver of the tractor was identified as Lewis Garnett, 51 of Bennington, an employee of the apple orchard. A passenger, riding in the trailer of the tractor, was identified as Andrew Martin, 57, of Bennington, also an orchard employee.

Upon impact, the pick-up truck flipped onto its passenger side and slid to a stop, while the tractor’s left rear tire was torn away.

An excessive amount of oil leaked from both vehicles and onto the pavement as a result of the collision.

Martin was transported to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center by his employer, having sustained a minor head laceration.

Garnett, although seat belted, was seriously injured and taken to SVMC by Bennington Rescue.


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Lecours, who was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, needed to be extricated from the vehicle with the jaws-of-life tool.

He was transported to the medical center by Bennington Rescue and then immediately flown to the Albany Medical Center with critical, life-threatening injuries.

No information about Lecours’ condition was provided upon calling Albany Medical Center Wednesday.

Contact Elizabeth Conkey at econkey@benningtonbanner.com. Follow her on Twitter @bethconkey.