UPDATE: Flagger hit, killed by truck
UPDATE: Police identify the man who was killed.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police continue to investigate a fatal accident on Route 7 south on Friday morning in which a utility vehicle backed into a flagger and killed him.
Middlebury Police Sgt. Mike Christopher said the accident occurred in the southbound breakdown lane of Route 7, just a little south of the intersection with Three Mile Bridge Road. Christopher said the utility truck was carrying workers in the process of stringing cable for a utility company.
At around 8 a.m., the utility truck, operated by Eustice Cable Enterprises, backed up and struck a flagger stationed behind the vehicle, according to police. Police identified the flagger as Lawrence Kaminski, 75, of Wallinford. The truck was going at a slow rate of speed and evidence thus far suggests the flagger was aware the truck was backing up, according to Christopher. The truck continued to back up, its wheels rolling over the flagger, police said.
Police said Kaminski was pronounced dead at the scene. He was described by Christopher as “an older man,” with a spouse.
“We are still putting everything together,” he said of the ongoing investigation, which will be sent to the Addison County State’s Attorney’s Office for scrutiny by local prosecutors. Christopher said he does not yet know if any citations will be issued in connection with the accident. There were witnesses to the event, he said.
Route 7 traffic was rerouted around the accident location for around two hours while investigators from Middlebury PD, Vermont State Police and the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles processed the scene, Christopher said. The traffic was diverted to Plains Road to Route 125, he said.
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