Fatal truck crash closes Route 7 during night


SUNDERLAND — A tractor-trailer truck went off the road on Route 7 Sunday evening and the driver taken to the Southwest Vermont Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Vermont State Police were dispatched to the scene, just north of the North road overpass in Sunderland between Exits 3 and 4, shortly after 10 p.m. on June 5, It was reported the tractor trailer unit had gone off the road and into the woods approximately 50 feet from the roadway. It was further reported by passers-by who had stopped to render aid, that the male driver of the tractor trailer was unconscious and not breathing, according to a report filed by the state police.

Troopers arrived on scene and began investigating the crash. The driver had been removed from the tractor trailer by rescue personnel and was subsequently transported to the Southwest Vermont Medical Center. The driver was pronounced dead at the hospital. Marks at the scene indicate the tractor trailer drifted out of the southbound lane of travel and onto the west shoulder of US Route 7. The Tractor Trailer unit continued to drift into the woodline approximately 50 feet from the road and came to a stop upon colliding with a large tree.

The truck was described as a 2015 Peterbilt Tractor and flatbed trailer unit, which suffered extensive damage to entire body, with the front wheels broken off truck.

US Route 7 was shut down and traffic was re-routed at exits 3 and 4 and eventually to a single lane of traffic for several hours while the investigation was conducted and the tractor trailer unit was removed. Arlington Fire and Manchester Fire departments assisted with the task of re-routing traffic. The Arlington Fire Department responded to the crash scene as well.

This crash is still under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is encouraged to contact Trooper Wayne Godfrey of the Vermont State Police, Shaftsbury Barracks at 802-442-5421.


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