Driver airlifted to Dartmouth after crash with bus
By Brent Curtis
Staff Writer | April 10,2014
A man was injured and airlifted to a New Hampshire hospital after the truck he was driving crashed into the back of an empty school bus that had stopped for a railroad crossing on Route 3 in Rutland Town, according to Vermont State Police.
The crash took place at about 9 a.m. when the school bus had stopped in the northbound lane. The bus driver wasn't seriously hurt, although police said she went to Rutland Regional Medical Center for complaint of a back injury. The driver of the pickup suffered serious injuries however and after being taken to RRMC was taken by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.
Police at the scene did not have information about the identities of either driver.
The man was trapped in the truck for about an hour while firefighters and rescue crews worked to cut away the truck around him and remove him from the cab. Emergency workers set up an IV bag while firefighters used a sawsall and a circular saw to cut, then peel away the roof of the truck cab. They removed the truck door, and then lifted the man out onto a stretcher.
He was taken to the hospital by Regional Ambulance Service around 9:30 a.m.
The truck was carrying three dogs; two in carriers in the back of the truck and one in the cab of the truck.
One dog escaped and ran around the accident scene while troopers tried to call it closer to attach a leash; the dog eventually ran off up the railroad tracks.
Det. Sgt. Butch Abdelnour of the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, coaxed one of dogs from the carrier into his car and sat with another by the side of the road, waiting for a family member to come to collect the canines. He had been in the area and responded to help out.
Rutland Town Fire Department, multiple State Police troopers, Rutland Town Police, the Rutland County Sheriff's Department and Regional Ambulance responded to the scene.
At 11 a.m., traffic on Route 3 was being detoured onto East Proctor Road.