(Update: 4:50 p.m., Wednesday, March 15)
By Eric Francis, Standard Correspondent
QUECHEE – A box truck and a car were both totaled in a head-on collision Wednesday morning on Route 4 near the entrance to the campground in Quechee but both drivers managed to walk away unscathed, police said.
The crash took place just west of southbound on-ramp of Interstate 89’s Exit 1 and was called in to emergency dispatchers at 9:36 a.m.
While the crash remained under investigation on Wednesday afternoon, Hartford Police Sgt. Connie Kelley said it does not appear that any criminal charges will be forthcoming.
“It came in sounding pretty serious,” Kelley recalled. “I think it was just slick roads and that was pretty much it. The box truck I would say took it harder than the car.”
The box-type parts delivery truck had a front wheel torn off and the Toyota Corolla involved ended up getting shoved tightly against a guardrail which initially trapped the woman who was driving it inside the car, the sergeant explained.
The truck driver was from Pittsford, Vermont, and the woman driving the car was an Upper Valley resident, Kelley said, noting that the names were not immediately available because the crash report was still being prepared mid-afternoon.
Hartford Ambulance did end up transporting the driver of the car to the hospital to be checked out as a precaution and initial operations with emergency vehicles initially shut down Route 4 for about ten minutes; however, the highway was quickly reopened and traffic kept flowing throughout the approximately 90 minutes emergency crews were working to clear up the scene.
With roads still slick from the storm Tuesday, there was an accident on Route 4 in Quechee Wednesday morning, March 15 about a half mile east of the Quechee Gorge Village. Details to follow.