Saturday December 8, 2012

BENNINGTON -- A tractor-trailer lost its brakes Tuesday evening causing it to strike two cars on Main Street before coming to a stop about half a mile further down the road.

Bennington Police Lt. Lloyd Dean said a 2001 Volvo tractor trailer driven by Ferid Salkic, 49, of Syracuse, N.Y., was westbound on Main Street when the brakes failed. Dean said the unit reached the intersection of Main and Pleasant Streets when it struck a parked, unoccupied 2010 Subaru Forester owned by Wendy Ballou of Bennington. The impact failed to slow the truck, which continued westbound.

Woodford resident Earl Bump, 40, was driving westbound on Main Street at about the same time in a 2003 Ford Explorer. Dean said Bump noticed the tractor-trailer unit approaching very fast in his rearview mirror, as well as the Subaru traveling alongside him. Believing impact was imminent, Bump attempted to swerve into the eastbound lane, but the truck struck the rear of the Explorer, according to Dean.

The tractor-trailer then continued on Main Street past the Four Corners before finally coming to a stop just past the intersection with Depot Street. The truck did not strike any additional vehicles, however.

Dean said Lt. Kevin Andrews with the Department of Motor Vehicles Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division responded to inspect the truck. Salkic was issued several civil citations for vehicle defects, according to Dean.

-- Neal P. Goswami


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