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Vermont State Police Log: Tractor-trailer crash temporarily closes Rt. 22A

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Posted on April 15, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police shut down Route 22A in Addison for a short time on the morning of Wednesday, April 8, after a tractor-trailer overturned.

Troopers at the New Haven barracks received a report at 9:47 that morning that a tractor-trailer had crashed on Route 22A between Gage and Whitford roads in Addison. They found that a white tractor-trailer had overturned on the lawn of a residence, and the driver — identified as Samuel McKinley, 60, of Millmont, Pa. — was not injured.

Preliminary investigation indicated to state police that McKinley was following a line of traffic when the tractor-trailer ahead of him suddenly applied its brakes and began to slow. McKinley applied his brakes, causing them to lock. In an attempt to avoid striking the vehicle in front of him, McKinley turned sharply to the right, causing his right front tire to leave the travel portion of the roadway.

McKinley’s right front tire appears to have caught the soft shoulder causing the truck to roll onto its left side and onto the lawn of the house.

Route 22A was shut down temporarily while the truck was up-righted.

The Addison Volunteer Fire Department, Middlebury Regional EMS, Sheldrick’s Heavy Wrecker Service and Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles all responded to the scene to assist.

This crash remains under investigation.

In other recent activity, Vermont State Police troopers:

•  On April 7 at 5:30 p.m. went to a home on Mountain Road in Monkton for a report of a man involved in a domestic with a firearm. By the time police arrived, the man, identified as 42-year-old Paul Birchmore, had already left the residence. Police investigated the incident and determined that Birchmore tore the phone cord out from the wall when the victim said she wanted to call the police. He then retrieved a long gun and threatened to hurt the victim’s family, according to police.

While state police were investigating, they received information that Birchmore was in Chittenden County at various residences. Authorities attempted to locate him with the assistance of Richmond and Hinesburg police. Birchmore was located in his vehicle on Main Road in Huntington and was non-compliant while being taken into custody.

State police cited Birchmore for domestic assault and interference with emergency services and lodged him at the Chittenden County Correctional Center on $15,000 bail.

•  On April 8 at 7:45 p.m. responded to a crash on Bristol Road in Monkton. Police reported that 29-year-old Jose Cano of Bristol was driving a GMC truck northbound when he lost control of his vehicle on the snowy and slushy road and rolled over off the roadway. He was not injured. Police attributed treacherous road conditions as a major factor in this crash.

•  On April 10 at around 10:30 p.m. stopped a motor vehicle driven by 48-year-old East Middlebury resident Stephen M. Peabody on Ossie Road in the village of East Middlebury for a traffic infraction. Police suspected drunk driving and tested Peabody’s blood alcohol content; a preliminary sample of his breath showed a BAC of 0.104 percent. The legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent. Police cited Peabody for driving under the influence.

•  On April 11 at almost 11 p.m. responded to a two-vehicle collision on Route 7 in New Haven. Police reported that 36-year-old Anson Koch-Rein of Middlebury was driving a Subaru Forester southbound on Route 7 behind an Audi A8 driven by 72-year-old Stephen Terry of Middlebury. Police said Koch-Rein was driving too closely and struck the Audi’s rear bumper, causing major front-end damage to the Subaru and abrasions to both of Koch-Rein’s knees. Terry was not injured, and his car sustained moderate damage. The trooper issued Koch-Rein a ticket for following too closely.

•  On April 12 at around 4 p.m. were dispatched to a report of a citizen dispute involving a Massachusetts-registered vehicle on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. Troopers and Vergennes police responded to the area, and city officers located the vehicle and pulled it over. Troopers arrived to continue the investigation, during which it was determined the driver, Tammy Mackinnon, 54, of Peru, Mass., was under the influence of alcohol. A preliminary breath test showed a blood alcohol content of 0.167 percent, twice the legal limit. Police cited Mackinnon for driving under the influence and lodged her at the Chittenden County Correctional Center.

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