Wednesday January 2, 2013

Police: Summer tires contribute to crash

SUNDERLAND -- State police cited road conditions and summer tires as factors in a Monday morning crash that resulted in a precautionary trip to the hospital for a local Sunderland woman.

Police said they were dispatched at about 8 a.m. to North Road in Sunderland. The crash occurred in the area of Cobbs Road as Tina Gabert, 46, was driving north toward Manchester. Gabert told police she lost traction on snow and slush in the roadway as she crested a hill. Police said the 2002 Subaru Impreza crossed into the southbound lane before returning to its own lane and then going off the shoulder and over a culvert. Police said the vehicle received front-end damage.

Gabert reported shoulder pain and was transported to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center as a precaution. While conditions were reported to be slippery, police also cited the wrong type of tires on the vehicle at the time of the crash, and said they were reminding motorists to make sure to have the proper tires for winter conditions.

-- Zeke Wright

One-car crash in Dorset

DORSET -- Slushy road conditions were the cause of a one-vehicle crash that totaled a car on Route 7 in Dorset Monday morning, according to Vermont State Police.

DORSET -- Slushy road conditions were the cause of a one-vehicle crash that totaled a car on Route 7 in Dorset Monday morning, according to Vermont State Police.


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Police say the driver, Elizabeth Mclellan, 67, of Danby and a passenger were unharmed when Mclellan's 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt drove off the road at around 9:22 a.m.

The vehicle sustained extensive damage to the front passenger side fender and bumper. Both airbags deployed during the crash and both occupants were wearing their seat belts. Police believe Mclellan ran over a large amount of slush that caused her to lose control of the vehicle.

-- Dawson Raspuzzi