Multi-vehicle crash on I-89 in Williston due to slippery conditions

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WILLISTON — A series of collisions involving multiple vehicles, including a jack-knifed tractor-trailer, caused a major disruption on Interstate 89 near mile marker 79.6 on March 20 at approximately 10:24 a.m. amid heavy snowfall and treacherous road conditions.

The initial incident involved a 2007 Volvo Truck, operated by Frank Suarez, 51, of Miami, FL, losing control and jack-knifing due to traveling at a speed unsafe for the snowy conditions.

This event triggered a chain reaction with several other vehicles, including a sprinter van, a dump truck, and a passenger vehicle, leading to various crashes and another tractor-trailer jack-knifing.

One individual suffered suspected minor injuries and was transported to UVM Medical Center.

The extensive collision resulted in the closure of Interstate 89 from Exit 11 Northbound to Mile Marker 79.6 Northbound for about three hours.

During this period, emergency crews and vehicle wreckers worked diligently to clear the roadway.

The Vermont State Police emphasized the importance of driving cautiously during adverse weather conditions and maintaining a safe following distance.

They also extended their gratitude to the Williston Police Department, South Burlington Police, DMV Enforcement, Williston Fire & Rescue, and Richmond Rescue for their assistance during the incident.

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