Woman cited after Woodford crash that closed Route 9

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WOODFORD — A Bennington woman was cited for negligent operation and child cruelty after the car she was driving struck a tractor trailer on Route 9 on Monday afternoon.

Nadia Soto, 27, was traveling west when at about 3:30 p.m. the 2007 Toyota Yaris she was driving crossed the center line and struck an eastbound 2017 International truck being driven by Jack Bowers, 59, of Tennessee, according to Vermont State Police.

"Witnesses stated that Soto had passed their vehicle along with three other vehicles at a high rate of speed and on a double yellow [line]," Trooper Travis Hess said in a news release issued Tuesday evening. According to police, Soto doesn't have a Vermont driver's license, only a learners permit.

Soto and a child passenger were taken to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and later to Albany Medical Center. Soto was listed in fair condition at Albany Medical Center on Tuesday night. The condition of the child passenger was unavailable." Bowers was not injured, according to police.

The Toyota was totaled in the crash, while the truck's trailer received some damage. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Soto was cited for reckless endangerment, gross negligent operation and cruelty to a child. She's scheduled to appear in Vermont Superior Court Bennington Criminal Division on Nov. 6.

The crash in the 3000 block of Route 9 — in the "rock cut" north of Dunnville Natural Road — closed one lane of the road for several hours while crews were on the scene. The road re-opened by 8 p.m.

Members of the Bennington Rural Fire Department and Bennington Rescue Squad responded to the scene.

The road was dry at the time of the crash, according to police.

Ed Damon can be reached at edamon@benningtonbanner.com, at @edamon_banner on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 111.

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