BREAKING NEWS: Woodstock Woman Dead In Tractor-Trailer Accident In Taftsville

A 40-year-old Woodstock woman was killed in an accident on Route 4 in Taftsville on Thursday, according to the Hartford Police Department.

Patience Hutt was killed after her station wagon traveling westbound on Route 4 crashed into a tractor-trailer heading east around 4 p.m.  The driver of the tractor-trailer, 44-year-old Billy Surles of Howe, Tex., was not injured. The cause of the accident was still under investigation as of Thursday night.

Another vehicle, a rental car driven by two French tourists, was clipped by the tractor-trailer. The two were not injured.

A medical examiner and the state police were still reconstructing the accident around 5:30 p.m. Police say the station wagon was pushed nearly 50 yards before the truck went off the embankment on the opposite side of the road.

The road was closed until 10 p.m. as crews worked to remove the tractor-trailer from the scene.

Eric Francis Photos



Police stand around the Subaru station wagon driven by 40-year-old Patience Hutt of Woodstock. Hutt was killed when her car collided with a tractor-trailer on Route 4 Thursday. (Eric Francis Photo)
Police stand around the Subaru station wagon driven by 40-year-old Patience Hutt of Woodstock. Hutt was killed when her car collided with a tractor-trailer on Route 4 Thursday. (Eric Francis Photo)


  1. Patience, What can I say that everyone else hasn’t already said… Nothing could be more true than those who have spoken of your Beautiful smile, loving, kind heart, and the amazing way you lived life with not a bad thing to say about anyone.
    I am so glad to have been lucky enough to know you through Sierra and Dylan going to school together all those years.
    I don’t remember a day where you weren’t smiling, or walking in the hallway holding Hunters hand and caring Trakker in a pouch on the front of you. They were ALWAYS so well behaved, you never had to speak to them about running or yelling. You were so calm with them all the time and so together.
    You were a blessing to this world while you were here and now an absolute angel above to shine down on us all. Until we meet again some day. You were loved by EVERYONE!! <3
    R.I.P and be proud of the family you and Chip raised ! Its because of you two that they are who they are today!!

  2. Patience was an awesome soul! She was my cousin, and her and Charity and I spent some wonderful years growing up together. Although I have not seen her for a very long time and have not met her husband Chip or kids, my deepest sympathies go out to them. I can only imagine what a wonderful wife and mum she was. Our lives are the better for her light and essence.

  3. I grew up with Patience’s family and she and Charity were the beautiful sweet girls with long blonde braids. They lived like Laura Engels up on the hill and seemed to only understand love and kindness. Patience was always sensitive and shy and it was nice to see her grow up to be even more loving and kind and always sweet. When I think of her I think of a glad acceptance of who she was and where she lived. She was content to care for her family and love everyone around her. She was a giver and a pure soul full of lightness. She was also very creative and talented in so many things. I loved Patience as a person but also what she represented as a spirit. My heart is broken for her family who are wonderful, unique, and loving people. Maybe she was an angel among us-it definitely felt that way.

  4. not a tragedy a complete lack of any safety standards for people who tow these defective horse trailers!!! This person lost her life due to our own Government trying to prevent life saving action. Go to and wake up. you want the facts? Here it is…
    Facts don’t lie….only our Government does..
    Ask questions…WHAT TRAINING…WHAT INSPECTIONS….CDL? These truck drivers avoid CDL’s because they bypass laws.
    We have been exposing the truth for 14 years.
    July teleconference, horse trailer standards
    Standards Association. The CSA is interested in the possibility of
    establishing standards for horse trailers.

    As noted at the Animal Transportation Association Vancouver 2012
    international conference on horse transport, the lack of standards in
    the manufacture of non-commercial horse trailers contributes to injury
    and death of horses and humans. Your USRider on-going study of over 800
    known trailer incidents reveals poor quality materials including tires,
    wiring, braking performance, instability at highway speeds, poor welds,
    trailer skin so thin it can be punched through with a fist, shifting
    loads, mismatch between trailer and tow vehicle, tow vehicle and trailer
    separation, overloading, no mandatory recall on defective parts, and
    horses thrown or falling from the trailer and posing an additional road

    As well, few trailers meet the Five Freedoms endorsed by animal welfare
    interests: providing an environment conducive to normal behavior, rest,
    drinking and eating, and which minimizes the risk of injury, mental or
    physical distress, or disease.

    Currently, there are no standards in North America for manufacturing
    horse trailers. To the best of my knowledge, standards are also
    non-existent in New Zealand, Australia, and Europe.

  5. Patience was the person I aspired to be. She was beautiful in every way. I had the privilege to work alongside her with preschoolers and I cried the day she told me she would no longer be able to stay on at the school. If we were all like Patience, we would be loving, caring people with positive outlooks, fabulous senses of humor, and overflowing hearts. The best I can do to honor you, Patience, is to treat people as you did.

  6. I am heartsick to think I won’t see beautiful Patience again. My deepest sympathies to her husband,kids,siblings, parents and friends. She was ethereal.

  7. A true gem has been lost. Patience was such a kind, caring, person who always had a happy smile on her face. Our children had the pleasure of knowing Patience at WUHS, and I had the joy of being the K-1-2 teacher for her daughter, Daisy. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of her wonderful family…very, very sad.

  8. What a tragedy and a huge loss for the Woodstock community. I remember Patience as such a loving mother, a kind and compassionate human being and a fun-loving person who loved to make others happy. Her children were her pride and joy. Our prayers go out to Chip, her children and her family. Such a loss. Our deepest sympathy.

  9. For us here in South Woodstock, Patience was the beautiful blond gal with the big smile and the funky earings in the kitchen at the South Woodstock Store. She had a smile that just lit up her face and a cheery word for everyone she talked with. People like Patience do more to make the world a better place than we ever think about until they are gone. My heart goes out to Chip and the kids and everyone who knew and loved her with enormous sorrow for their loss. Losing Patience and her beautiful smile is a loss to everyone who ever knew her.

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