Vermont man dies in rollover crash
Troopers from the Vermont State Police Royalton barracks responded at approximately 6:54 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 to a single-vehicle rollover in the median near mile marker 66 northbound in Hartland, a few miles south of Exit 10 to White River Junction.
State troopers identified the driver of the 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck as 50-year-old Rodney L. Newton of Plainfield, according to a press release from VSP.
Emergency personnel were on scene, and pronounced the operator deceased upon their arrival, according to police.
Initial investigation at the scene indicated that snowy road conditions and speed were both contributing factors of the crash. Newton was wearing his seat belt, all according to police.
The vehicle is considered a total loss.
Traffic had slowed to a crawl on that section of the highway, according to several motorists.
The highway was reduced to one lane temporarily near the 66.2 mile marker, according to the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans).
The VSP was advising drivers of “difficult driving conditions” on Thursday, following several days of snow-covered roads and limited visibility due to a series of snowstorms blanketing the region.
“If you have to be driving, leave early to give yourselves plenty of time. Increase following distances, and slow down,” the VSP advised.
Police are still asking motorists to watch out for first responders, road workers or tow operators, and to move over to allow them to work safely.
Any witnesses who have not already spoken with state troopers regarding the collision near mile marker 66 are asked to contact the VSP - Royalton at (802) 234-9933.