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.