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Multiple MVAs in Region on Saturday, Two in Weathersfield #WeathersfieldVT #VT

July 25, 2015
Weathersfield VT
By Nancy Nutile-McMenemy, Vermont Standard Correspondent

There were several motor vehicle accidents in the region Saturday, including one on Interstate 91 that killed a New York man.

Trent Costello, 22, of Kingston, New York, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, after the car he was riding in hit a tree on the west side of the highway near mile marker 48, state police said in a news release. The driver of the car, McKayla Park, 21, of Oneonta, New York, was taken to Springfield Hospital with unspecified injuries. Hospital representatives were unable to provide information about Park’s condition last night. Both were wearing seatbelts, police said. Police said Park and Costello were traveling south at about 11:30 a.m. when their car left the west side of the roadway in Weathersfield, overturned and struck a tree. The car, a 2000 Subaru Forester, was totaled. Emergency responders closed the southbound lanes of I-91 at Exit 8 in Ascutney, about three miles north of the crash site, at about noon, diverting traffic onto Route 131. At one point, cars were backed up on the interstate for about a mile and a half. The roadway remained closed for several hours.

In addition to the Vermont State Police, the Weathersfield Police Department, Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department, Springfield Fire Department, West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department and the Vermont Agency of Transportation responded to the scene, police said in the release.

Just as crews were cleaning up the accident on the interstate a call went out for an accident on Route 131 near Exit 8 where a Golden Cross ambulance and another Subaru Forester collided on Route 131. The two-member Golden Cross crew reported the crash at about 3:55 p.m. Neither crew member reported being injured, although the ambulance suffered extensive front-end damage. The green Subaru, which had Vermont plates and was carrying a blue-and-green kayak, came to a stop near a rocky ledge. Photographs from the scene show that at least one of the car’s airbags had deployed and the driver’s side door was removed. The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team helicopter was called and landed on the interstate at about 4:18 p.m. to transport the driver of the Subaru, whose identity was not released as of Saturday night.

Officials at the scene said the Golden Cross crew was responding to a motorcycle accident on Tyson Road in Reading, at the time of the crash. Vermont State Police said Roger Perron, 60, and his wife, Linda Perron, 57, both of Claremont, were aboard a 2012 Suzuki 800 and heading west toward Plymouth, at about 3:45 p.m. when Roger Perron moved to the right to give a fast-moving oncoming vehicle space to negotiate a sharp curve. Perron told police he then hit the sandy shoulder of the roadway and lost control of the motorcycle. Roger Perron was transported to DHMC with non-life threatening injuries. Linda Perron also was transported to DHMC for evaluation. A hospital spokeswoman said both were in stable condition last night. Neither speed nor impairment were a factor in the accident, police said. The motorcycle suffered minor damage. The Reading Rescue Squad also responded to the scene.


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Car Accident Rte 131 Ascutney
Ascutney, VT July 25, 2015
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