April 28, 2020 Update on Tractor Trailer Crash
April 29, 2020
Shaftsbury Barracks / MV Crash
STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

NEWS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

CASE#: 20B301319

RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Nicholas Grimes

STATION: Shaftsbury Barracks

CONTACT#: (802) 442-5421

DATE/TIME: April 28th, 2020, at 1839 hours

STREET: VT Route 9

TOWN: Woodford, VT

LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: Notch Road

INTERSTATE MILE MARKER: N/A

WEATHER: Clear, Sunny

ROAD CONDITIONS: Dry

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Christopher Whittingham

AGE: 48

SEAT BELT? Yes

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Waterbury, CT

VEHICLE YEAR: 2000

VEHICLE MAKE: Kenworth

VEHICLE MODEL: T200

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Totaled, Heavy damage to Tractor Cab

INJURIES: Suspected head injury, hand injury

HOSPITAL: Albany Medical Center

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

On April 28th, 2020, at approximately 1839 hours, Troopers from the Vermont State Police – Shaftsbury Barracks, responded to a single motor vehicle crash with injuries located on VT Route 9 near Notch Road in the Town of Woodford, VT.

Investigation revealed the tractor trailer, operated by Christopher Whittingham, age 48, of Waterbury, CT, was traveling west on VT Route 9 from Searsburg, VT, when the tractor trailer overturned onto its side going around a corner (at the rock cut). The tractor trailer left its lane of travel, crossed over the center line, and slid off the roadway. The vehicle collided with a guardrail, broke through the guardrail, and then slid over the embankment. The vehicle came to an uncontrolled rest facing southbound. The tractor trailer was on its side in the eastbound lane of travel, blocking the roadway on VT Route 9 near Notch Road. The tractor cab was off the shoulder of the roadway and down the embankment.

Christopher was removed from the vehicle and treated by Bennington Rescue on scene. He was later transported via LifeNet to the Albany Medical Center to be treated for his injuries.

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

The roadway was closed for several hours as crews from A’s Towing and Hillside Towing worked to remove the tractor trailer from the scene.

Vermont Civil Violation Complaints: 23 VSA 1038 – Driving Lanes for Traffic, 23 VSA 1092 – Damaging the Road Surface, 23 VSA 1081(a) – Unreasonable and Imprudent Speeds (Accident Resulting)

LODGED – LOCATION: N/A

BAIL: N/A

MUG SHOT: N/A

COURT ACTION: N/A

COURT: N/A

COURT DATE/TIME: N/A

*Please note: court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.

at 4/29/2020 04:44:00 AM
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