Tractor trailer crash in Woodford injures driver

A med-evac flight arrives near Route 9 in Bennington on Tuesday at 7:35 p.m. It came to evacuate the driver of a tractor trailer unit that crashed in Woodford.

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WOODFORD — A Connecticut man was hospitalized Tuesday after his tractor-trailer overturned while negotiating a curve on Route 9, Vermont State Police said.

Police said Christopher Whittingham, 48, of Waterbury, Conn., was driving west on Route 9 from Searsburg around 6:40 p.m. when the tractor-trailer overturned at the rock cut near Notch Road. The tractor trailer crossed over the center line and slid off the roadway, breaking through a guardrail and sliding over an embankment.

Whittingham was removed from the cab and treated by Bennington Rescue on scene.  He was later flown via a LifeNet helicopter to the Albany Medical Center to be treated for his injuries.

The trailer remained on its side in the eastbound lane. The roadway was closed for several hours as crews from A's Towing and Hillside Towing worked to remove it from the scene.

Green Mountain Power was called to the crash scene to make repairs.

The Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by the Department of Motor Vehicles Enforcement Division, the Bennington County Sheriff's Department, Bennington Rescue and the Bennington Rural Fire Department.

Whittingham faces a charge of unreasonable and imprudent speeds, with accident resulting.


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