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Hydroplaning truck causes two car crash

On August 4, at approximately 3:13 p.m., Vermont State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on US Route 4 near Winterberry Road Extrance in Killington, Vt.  

Upon the arrival of State Police, operator #1, Neil Crossman age 65 from Pittsford, Vt., advised that as he was driving west at approximately 40 MPH, his truck hydroplaned across the road and into oncoming traffic. Crossman advised that he then crashed into another vehicle before hitting the guard rail. The investigating trooper spoke with operator #2, Elizabeth Baggett age 44 from Essex Junction, Vt., who advised that she saw the out of control truck cross the road and hit her driver side door as she drove east.

Investigation revealed that Neil Crossman was operating a 2008 Chevy Silverado 2500 pickup truck westbound on US Route 4 while Elizabeth Baggett was driving her 2002 Subaru Legacy station wagon eastbound. During this time a strong thunderstorm was passing over the area and reduced visibility due to a heavy downpour of rain showers, which created pools of water and poor drainage across the roadway. As the two motorist traveled to their destination, Neil's truck lost traction and hydroplaned across the lane divider and struck Elizabeth's vehicle before crashing into the guardrail posted along the eastbound side of the road. Although both vehicle's sustained extensive damage, no injuries were reported. Elizabeth was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center for examination. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

The Killington Fire Department and Killington Constable Montgomery assisted at the crash scene.

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