Two-vehicle crash on I-91 in Brownington involves state plow truck, one hospitalized

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BROWNINGTON — A two-vehicle collision on Interstate 91 south involving a Vermont State plow truck and a passenger vehicle resulted in injuries and significant vehicular damage yesterday.

Vermont State Police reported to the scene near mile marker 163 at approximately 3:44 p.m. following a crash where a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee, operated by 22-year-old Tevyn Verge-Columbia of Orleans, struck the rear of a 2013 International dump truck driven by 49-year-old James Harris of Glover.

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According to authorities, Harris was driving the state-owned plow truck with emergency lights activated after exiting a U-turn on the snow-covered highway.

Verge-Columbia attempted to overtake another vehicle in low visibility conditions and collided with the dump truck while traveling at speeds well above the limit for the current road conditions, police say.

Verge-Columbia sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to North Country Hospital for treatment.

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee was totaled, and the dump truck suffered rear axle damage. The snowstorm and resulting poor visibility and road conditions were contributing factors to the crash.

Interstate 91 was temporarily closed before being reduced to one lane of southbound traffic as emergency crews cleared the accident site.

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