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Tractor-Trailer Into River in Vermont

Caught Up In Multi-Vehicle Wreck

A CANADIAN TRUCK DRIVER WAS CRITICALLY injured Monday night when his rig went through a guardrail and plunged 50 feet into a river in Winooski, Vermont.

WPTZ / Kendrew

WPTZ-TV reports what happened:

State police say the accident happened around 8:50 p.m. Monday after the driver of a Jeep Cherokee lost control in the passing lane, sideswiped a guardrail and then crossed into the center lane, where a pickup truck rear-ended it. A Ford Focus in the center lane was rear-ended by the commercial truck, which crashed through the guardrails along the Winooski River Bridge, falling about 50 feet.

The truck driver, 37-year-old Dany Gauthier of Sainte Ann de Sabrevois, Quebec, is being treated at a hospital. State police say he was hauling paper from Quebec to Massachusetts. The other drivers and their passengers suffered minor injuries.

WPTZ / Kendrew

WCAX-TV is reporting that the weather was a factor in causing the wreck:

"It's a 50-foot drop. The operator was found alive below by rescue responders," Vt. State Police Lt. Jim Whitcomb said.

Truck driver Dany Gauthier, 37, of Sainte Ann de Sabrevois, Quebec, was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The three other drivers were not seriously hurt.

"The initial investigation indicates the weather did play a role in the accident," Whitcomb said. It was raining heavily, causing water to pool on the road. The Vermont State Police crash reconstruction team is investigating.

WCAX-TV also filed this video report from the scene:

 WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

Hat tip:  Mark Donovan

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