CLARENDON — On Jan. 7, at approximately 1:10 p.m., Vermont State Police responded to a two-vehicle collision on Vermont Route 133, north of Clarendon Springs Road.
Authorities arrived to find a 2021 Mazda CX-5, driven by Ethan Reed, 22, of West Rutland, had skidded across the snowy road into the opposing lane, colliding with a 2023 Subaru CrossTrek operated by Susan Mandel, 55, of Rutland.
According to the Vermont State Police’s initial investigation, Reed was driving at a speed unsuitable for the snowy conditions, causing him to lose control of his vehicle and strike Mandel’s car before hitting a power pole off the road’s east shoulder.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts and, remarkably, no injuries were reported despite both vehicles sustaining total damage.
The snowy weather and snow-covered roads were contributing factors to the crash.
Vermont State Police were supported by the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department, Clarendon Fire Department, Green Mountain Power to address the damaged power pole, and the Regional Ambulance Service, ensuring the safety of all individuals involved.