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Truck hydroplanes on Route 22a resulting in crash

On Sept. 28 at about 9:45 a.m. members of the Vermont State Police, Rutland Barracks (Castleton Outpost) investigated a single vehicle crash on VT RT 22a near residence #4809 in Benson.

Statements from the operator and evidence on scene showed that a 2005 Chevrolet Truck operated by Alexander Grimes, age 23 from Rutland, Vt., was traveling north on VT RT 22a when it began to "hydroplane." It was raining at the time and the road conditions were wet, police reported.

According to Grimes, as his vehicle navigated a corner just north of the Trinity Farm, it hit a pool of water and began to hydroplane. The rear end of the vehicle began to skid, and the vehicle traveled into the southbound lane of VT RT 22a. Grimes said that he attempted to regain control, but over corrected and the vehicle skidded back into the northbound lane, and off the shoulder of the road.

As the vehicle left the travel portion of the road, the wheels caught the soft grassy area off the shoulder of the road, causing the vehicle to roll onto its passenger side and come to final rest up against some trees.

Grimes indicated that he was the operator and sole occupant of the vehicle at the time of the crash.  He said that once the vehicle came to rest he was able to climb out of the vehicle under his own power and without assistance. Grimes indicated he was uninjured and advised he was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. The truck sustained significant impact damage as a result of rolling on its side.