Man charged after fiery crash in Shaftsbury

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SHAFTSBURY — A 23-year-old man from Cambridge, New York, was charged with negligent operation following a crash that resulted in his vehicle catching fire on VT Route 67E near Lamb Rd on June 4.

Nethanel Woodcock was traveling westbound at a high speed when he lost control of his 2005 Chevrolet 2500 in a left-hand bend and nearly collided head-on with another vehicle, according to Vermont State Police.

The truck skidded sideways off the eastbound side of the road and slammed into a telephone pole before bursting into flames.

Investigators measured yaw and tire marks at over 900 feet.

Woodcock managed to exit the burning vehicle with minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital.

The vehicle was totaled in the incident.

The Shaftsbury Fire Department and Green Mountain Power responded to the scene, and the wreckage was cleared by Walt’s Towing.

Woodcock is due to appear in Bennington Superior Court – Criminal Division on July 29 at 8:15 a.m. In addition to the negligent operation charge, he received multiple traffic tickets related to the crash.

Road conditions were dry with clear and sunny weather at the time of the accident.

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