Thu, Jan 30, 2014 07:29 PM
BENSON - On Sunday, Jan. 26, at approx. 3:30 p.m. Vt. Route
22a in Benson was closed due to a serious motor vehicle crash and
The crash occurred in the area of Trinity Farm in Benson, Vt on
Rutland Dispatch provided updates to VSP detailing how the
operator(s)/passenger(s) of the snowmobile were seriously injured
and the DHART helicopter had already been requested.
According to police, the snowmobile with two occupants (Brian
Norton, age 10 from Benson, Vt. and Mark Lussier, age 48 from
Benson, Vt.) was traveling across the lawn of the property at 5442
VT Route 22A, traveling eastbound. At the same time, a tractor
trailer commercial vehicle (18-wheeler) driven by Christopher
Fionda, age 58 from Swanton, Vt. was traveling south on VT
Route 22A en route to York, PA.
The snowmobile failed to remain on the property and after driving
over a snow embankment, launched into the air and collided with the
side of the tractor trailer as it passed by the property. The
snowmobile came back to rest on the property at 5442, VT Route
Norton/Lussier were both listed as operator/passenger because they
were both in control of the snowmobile. The 10-year-old was seated
in front of the 48-year-old, as he was instructing him how to drive
and assisting with the operation of the snowmobile.
The 10-year-old Brian Norton was transported to RRMC and later
airlifted to DHMC for internal and lower extremity injuries. Norton
was wearing a helmet. Lussier was pronounced deceased at the scene
by members of the Fair Haven Rescue Squad. Lussier was not wearing
a helmet. Fionda, the operator of the 18-wheeler, was
The crash currently remains under investigation, reported
Lieutenant Charles J. Cacciatore Station Commander at the Rutland
Barracks for the Vermont State Police.
Alcohol/drugs do not appear to be a factor in this crash.
Vermont State Police were assisted at the scene, by members of the
Benson Fire Department, Benson First Response, Fair Haven Rescue,
Fair Haven Fire Department, West Haven Fire Department, Orwell Fire
Department, Orwell First Response, Regional Ambulance Service, Fair
Haven Police Department, Castleton Police Department and Vermont
Department of Motor Vehicles.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Vermont State
Police at Rutland, 802-773-9101. Information can also be submitted
anonymously online at www.vtips.info or text "CRIMES" (274637) to