Groton man injured in single-vehicle crash on icy road

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GROTON — A man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash on South County Road on Tuesday evening as snow and icy conditions created treacherous driving conditions.

At about 5:28 p.m., Vermont State Police responded to a report of a crash at 1192 South County Road where they found a 2022 Toyota Tundra off the roadway.

The driver, Kurtis Swart, 42, of Groton, was trapped inside his vehicle after it slid down an embankment and struck a tree.

The Groton Fire Department worked to extricate Swart from the wrecked vehicle.

Once freed, Woodsville EMS provided initial treatment for severe chest injuries and other non-life-threatening injuries before transporting him to Cottage Hospital for further care.

Preliminary investigation indicated that Swart was traveling west when his truck lost traction on the wet and icy road surface, leading to the accident.

The vehicle was declared a total loss.

State Police were assisted at the scene by personnel from Woodsville EMS, Groton Fire Department, and JTB Towing.

Authorities remind drivers to exercise caution and adjust speed for road conditions, especially during winter weather.

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