Motorcycle crash with fire department truck leaves woman seriously injured
By Patrick McArdle
Staff Writer | November 18,2013
BENNINGTON — A crash on Route 9 involving a Bennington Rural Fire Department brush truck and a motorcycle left a local woman seriously injured on Monday.
In a press release, Officer Thomas Bull, of the Bennington Police Department, said that a Bennington Rural Fire Department brush truck was being driven by Gregg Barr, 22, of Bennington, west on West Road, also known as Route 9, and was turning left to enter the driveway for the fire department’s West Road fire station.
At the same time, Kimberly Hathaway, 54, of Bennington, was driving a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle east.
Bull said police believed the brush truck crossed into the path of travel of the oncoming motorcycle, causing it to collide with the rear of the truck on the passenger side. Both the truck and the motorcycle were significantly damaged, police said. The police and the Bennington Rescue Squad were called round 5:20 p.m.
Cpl. Andy Hunt, of the Bennington Police Department, said Hathaway was conscious at the scene but had suffered a serious injury to her leg. She was taken to the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for treatment.
Barr was issued a ticket for operating in violation of a restricted license because he was not wearing corrective lenses while driving the brush truck.
An officer certified in crash reconstruction was called to the scene to conduct an at-scene investigation. Bennington County State’s Attorney Erica Marthage will determination if criminal charges will be filed after the investigation is complete, according to police.
Bennington Rural Fire Department Second Assistant Chief Aaron Longtin said Route 9 was shut down until about 6:45 p.m.
According to Longtin, Barr, who police said was not injured, will be on a leave of absence from the fire department pending the outcome of the investigation.
Longtin said Barr and another firefighter were in the truck checking fire hydrants in the area before the crash.
The damage from the crash will leave the brush truck out of service, Longtin said.