Two-vehicle crash on Interstate 89 in Richmond, police seek witnesses

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RICHMOND — A two-vehicle collision on Interstate 89 northbound near mile marker 78.6 led to one driver being hospitalized with suspected minor injuries on May 5.

Mitchel Richardson, 41, of South Hero, was driving a 2000 International dump truck when he tried to avoid an unidentified vehicle that had abruptly braked upon entering the highway from Richmond.

Richardson’s evasive maneuver caused his vehicle to make contact with a 2023 Subaru Outback, driven by Brian Kelly, 49, of Bristol, Connecticut, who managed to stop safely.

Following the collision, Richardson lost control of the dump truck, which careened over the northern guardrail and down an embankment between Route 2 and Interstate 89.

He was transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center for treatment.

Brian Kelly, along with passengers Tina Kelly and Erin Kelly, reported no injuries.

The rainy weather and wet road conditions are considered factors in the crash.

The Vermont State Police were supported by the VT Department of Motor Vehicles, Richmond Rescue, Richmond Fire Department, Bolton Fire Department, and TDI Repair and Towing during the incident.

Authorities are actively seeking the driver of the unidentified vehicle or anyone with information about the crash.

Witnesses are encouraged to contact Tpr. Chandler at the Vermont State Police Williston Barracks at (802) 878-7111.

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