Two injured in Rupert ATV crash

RUPERT — Two people were injured in an ATV crash over the weekend, according to Vermont State Police.

Troopers said they responded to a field adjacent to the 6900 block of Route 153 in Rupert at about 3:26 a.m. Saturday morning.

Justin Edwards, 32, of West Pawlet and Margaux Lawrence, 36, of Whitehall, N.Y. both told police they were passengers on an ATV being operated by Michael Della Bella, 44, of Rupert.

Police said that Della Bella was traveling at a high rate of speed in a field on his property when he made an abrupt turn to avoid hitting a patch of ice and water. Della Bella lost control and the Polaris ATV subsequently flipped, ejecting all of the occupants. Police said Edwards located Della Bella face down unconscious in a patch of water and pulled him to the residence on the property.

Police said the occupants were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

DellaBella was alert and conscious when Granville (N.Y.) Rescue Squad arrived on scene, but he lost consciousness while being taken to Glens Falls (N.Y.) Hospital. He was subsequently flown by helicopter to Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center.

Troopers were notified later that day that Della Bella, who sustained head trauma, was alert, conscious, and in stable condition.

Lawrence was taken to Glens Falls Hospital with a compound fracture to her left arm and a laceration to her head. Edwards did not sustain any injuries.

The Rupert Fire Department assisted at the scene.

—Ed Damon


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