Vermont Multi-Vehicle Wreck Sends Truck Over Bridge

Multi Vehicle Crash

Police have identified the truck driver involved in an accident last night at approximately 9:00 p.m., on the Interstate 89 bridge between Winooski and Burlington.

Vermont State Police believe the accident began when the driver of a Jeep Cherokee lost control while driving in the passing lane.  The Cherokee sideswiped a guardrail then crossed into the center lane.  The Cherokee was then rear ended by a pickup.  A Ford Focus that was in the center lane was then rear ended by a truck.  The truck then crashed through the guardrail on the Winooski River Bridge and plunged over the side of the bridge. The truck fell 50 feet.

“The 2003 tractor trailer with a 53-foot box, hauling large rolls of paper from Quebec to Massachusetts, hit the guardrails at a right angle, punching through them. Large sections of the guardrails were left dangling off the side of the bridge, swaying a bit like a lazy pendulum in the muggy nighttime breeze after the crash,” the Burlington Free Press reported.

 The truck was severely damaged.  Rescuers were amazed the driver was still alive.

The truck driver, 37-year-old Danny Gauthier, of Sainte Ann de Sabrevois, Quebec, was critically injured.

Investigators believe that wet roads contributed to the accident.