Route 103 accident results in one fatality

On June 12, at approximately 7:05 a.m., Cody J. Carr, age 20, of Bellows Falls was driving his pickup truck northbound on Route 103 in Mt. Holly while tractor trailer truck driver Michael J. Paterson, age 47, of Lebanon, N.H., and sedan driver Mindybeth Gutzwiller, age 29, were travelling in their seperate vehicles southbound on the highway.

Carr's vehicle went left of the centerline and struck the side of Paterson's rig.

Carr continued to strike the attached trailer and load of Paterson's rig. It then separated from Paterson's and struck Gutzwiller's sedan in the rear end.

Carr continued northerly where his vehicle came to rest in several sections. He was ejected from his vehicle and died at the scene.

Crews from Mt. Holly Fire and Rescue, Shrewsbury Fire, the Vermont DMV enforcement and the Vermont AOT responded to the scene. Vermont HAZ Mat, ANR and CVPS personnel also responded. Fuel from the saddle tank of the tractor trailer spilled on the road and the large wood harvesting machine on the trailer was partially thrown off and leaning against a power pole pole creating a dangerous situation in the area.

Traffic was diverted around the scene for about six hours until it was clear of debris and free of danger.

The accident is still under investigation. Anyone who might have witnessed the accident is asked to call the VSP at 773-9101.

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