News from Vermont State Police

LANDGROVE — A Londonderry man was uninjured after the truck he was driving crashed on Route 11 Monday, according to Vermont State Police.

Troopers with the Westminster barracks said Eric Fenton, 18, was driving downhill through a curve at Ridge Road at about 10:45 a.m. when his 2014 GMC Sierra lost traction on the snow packed roadway and left the west side of the road. The truck struck several trees before it slid down a steep embankment and rolled onto its roof. Fenton was wearing a seat belt. The truck sustained extensive damage to its front end, roof and passenger side.

POWNAL — A Massachusetts woman was uninjured after her SUV rolled over on Route 7 last Saturday, according to Vermont State Police.

Melissa A. Duval, 30, of North Adams, was traveling north near North Mann Hill Road at about 8:17 a.m. when she lost control of the 2006 Hyundai Tuscon she was driving, police said. The SUV went off the road and overturned along the east side of the road. Duval sustained minor injuries from the crash and was taken to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. The Hyundai received severe contact damage to its roof and was towed from the scene by Center Auto Towing. Troopers were assisted by Pownal Valley Fire Department and Pownal Rescue Squad.

SHAFTSBURY — A Bennington man was cited after police determined he left the scene of a crash late last month, according to Vermont State Police.

When troopers responded to a single car crash on Route 67 on Dec. 23 at about 7 a.m., no one was with the 2015 Toyota Tacoma, police said. The truck sustained moderate damage and had destroyed a road sign. After an investigation, police learned Andrew H. Pierce, 35, was driving the truck the day of the crash and that his license had been criminally suspended. Pierce was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and criminal DLS. He's scheduled to appear in Bennington criminal court on Feb. 12.

SHAFTSBURY — Troopers with the Shaftsbury barracks conducted "saturation patrols" recently, according to Vermont State Police.

"The purpose of the saturation patrol was to focus on speed enforcement, distracted driving and the detection and apprehension of alcohol/drug impaired operators," Sgt. Seth Loomis, patrol commander, said in a news release.

During the detail, Troopers initiated 36 traffic stops, issuing multiple tickets and warnings. One operator was screened for impairment and one consent search was conducted resulting in the seizure of marijuana (civil citation).

During enforcement on New Year's Eve weekend, troopers issued about 30 civil violation complaints. They made two arrests for driving under the influence, one arrest for excessive speed, and issued numerous warnings for traffic violations.

Additional enforcement is planned for the rest of this month through January: Troopers will be teaming up with local and county law enforcement agencies to conduct sobriety and safety enforcement, the agency announced in a news release.

"The Vermont State Police would like to remind all motorists to avoid operating under the influence of alcohol/drugs and to always utilize a sober driver."

The efforts are "an opportunity to use high visibility enforcement to reduce the number of crashes/fatalities statewide." In addition to a safety checkpoint, "troopers will also be aggressively patrolling and enforcing motor vehicle laws concerning impaired, distracted/aggressive driving, speeding and seat belt use in high traffic and high crash areas."

SOMERSET — A Massachusetts girl and her passenger were injured in a snowmobile crash here this week, according to Vermont State Police.

The crash took place on Forest Service Road 71 at about 10:13 a.m. Wednesday. Troopers with the Westminster barracks said that Sophie Kaufman, 17, of Florence, Mass. was traveling south on the VAST (Vermont Association of Snow Travelers) trail 7 when she lost control of the snowmobile she was operating and struck a tree. Kaufman was taken by Deerfield Valley Rescue to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington for a leg injury. A minor passenger received minor injuries and was treated at Mountain Medical at Mount Snow in West Dover. The 2015 Polaris snowmobile sustained front-end damage.

STRATTON — A Connecticut woman was injured after being thrown from her snowmobile on Wednesday, according to Vermont State Police.

Troopers with the Westminster barracks said that Darcie Orlowski, 46, of Westbrook, Conn. was traveling east on a portion of the VAST trail system at about 1:45 p.m. when she struck a large bump on the trail and was thrown from the machine. Orlowski sustained a leg injury and was taken to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington by members of the West Dover Fire Department and Deerfield Valley Rescue. Dover police also assisted at the scene.

— Banner staff


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