Vermont State Police Log: Troopers kept busy with big truck crashes

Police and rescue workers deal with a big box truck that drove off Route 125 in Ripton on Monday morning and crashed into the Middlebury River above Ripton village. Vermont State Police alleged that the driver, identified as Alexis O Laboy, 39, of Springfield, Mass., was intoxicated and cited him for possession of heroin. Laboy was taken to Porter Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. Photo courtesy of Vermont State Police.

ADDISON COUNTY — The theme of the week for the Vermont State Police seems to be truck crashes. Fortunately no serious injuries were involved in these traffic accidents between Jan. 11 and 17.

The first of these crashes occurred on the morning of Jan. 11. Troopers responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on Route 22A near Cross Street in Bridport at around 9:42 a.m. that Wednesday. State police report that Shane Laurie, 49, of Tallahassee, Fla., was driving a 2019 Mac truck northbound behind a 2009 Freightliner semi driven by Jesse Curler, 33, of New Haven. When the Freightliner attempted to turn left onto Cross Street, the Mac truck wasn’t able to stop in time and rear-ended it.

The Freightliner left the road, overturned and came to rest on its side.

No injuries were reported.

Police ticketed Laurie for following too closely and at an imprudent speed on the snowy road. They said mechanical problems with the Mac truck may have contributed to the crash too. 

Troopers and DMV Enforcement were assisted on scene by the Bridport Fire Department. 

The second big truck crash occurred on Monday, Jan. 16, when a box truck went off Route 125 in Ripton east of the village. State police were called to the crash at around 7:25 a.m.

Witnesses who called 911 said that prior to crashing, the truck was being driven erratically. Troopers found the truck in the Middlebury River. 

Troopers identified the driver as Alexis O Laboy, 39, of Springfield, Mass. Police said Laboy exhibited signs of impairment from a substance other than alcohol. They found approximately 2.5 grams of a substance they assumed was heroin in the vehicle. Middlebury Regional EMS took Laboy to Porter Hospital to be treated for unspecified injuries. At the hospital, police cited him for refusing to give a blood sample to determine if he was driving under the influence of drugs, and for possession of heroin, and then they released him into the care of medical staff. 

The vehicle was towed from the roadway by Sheldrick and Son’s Towing without incident. Vermont State Police was assisted by Middlebury police, Department of Motor Vehicles, Middlebury Fire and Rescue and Middlebury EMS. 

Route 125 in the area was closed in both directions for two hours due to the crash. 

In other recent activity, troopers:

• On Jan. 11 at 7:22 p.m. responded to a one-car crash on Lincoln Road near the intersection with Briggs Hill Road in Lincoln. Police said the 2003 Subaru Legacy piloted by Peter Nelson, 65, of Bristol crossed the centerline, left the roadway and went airborne before striking a tree off the eastbound lane. Police cited Nelson for driving under the influence, second offense, and ticked him for leaving his lane. He was taken to UVM Medical Center for minor injuries.

Troopers were assisted on scene by members of the Bristol Fire Department and Bristol Rescue Squad. 

• On Jan. 14 at a few minutes before 7 p.m. responded to a reported two-car crash near the intersection of Route 116 and River Road in Bristol. Police said that Timothy Marsh, 46, of Swanton was driving a Volvo too fast when he entered a curve, lost control of his vehicle and struck head on a Subaru Crosstrek driven by Nicole Walker, 28, of Bristol. No injuries were reported.

Police cited Marsh for driving under the influence and negligent driving, and they issued him a ticket for driving with a suspended license.

Bristol police helped at the scene. 

• On Jan. 15 at 12:13 p.m. on Route 7 in Salisbury observed a northbound black truck that passed two motorists on the left as another motorists was oncoming in the southbound lane. Police stopped the truck and cited Christopher Leno, 40, of Leicester for negligent driving and gave him a ticket for “Limitations on Passing,” which upon conviction carries a penalty of three points and a $220 fine.

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