Accident takes the life of Granville man

POULTNEY - An auto accident in Poultney on June 14 took the life of a Granville, N.Y., man. At 7:28 a.m., Vermont State Police troopers from the VSP's Castleton Outpost were called to the site of the single-vehicle crash that occurred on Route 31 near the intersection of Ruby Road.

Troopers at the scene were advised that the vehicle involved was damaged very badly and the operator of the vehicle was believed to be deceased.

Initial investigation and witness statements indicate that an Acura Integra operated by Guyton was traveling north on Route 31.

An operator of another vehicle witnessed the crash; he reported that the Acura passed him driving north at a high rate of speed. The witness said that after Guyton's Acura passed him, the operator lost control of the vehicle; it began sliding sideways.

Guyton's Acura apparently slid sideways from the northbound travel lane, across the southbound travel lane, and onto the western shoulder of Route 31; Guyton's Acura traveled a total distance of approximately 173 feet.

Guyton became airborne and traveled another approximately 100 feet in the air,subsequently colliding side-ways with a tree, splitting the car in two, according to troopers. Guyton, the only person in the Acura, was located in the passenger compartment and was dead on the scene.

The Vermont State Police were assisted on scene by the Poultney Fire Department and the Poultney Rescue Squad. Traffic was diverted around the scene for nearly three hours.

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