VT State Police Cruiser Hit While Assisting Motorist on I-89

Published 02/19 2014 04:34PM

Updated 02/19 2014 04:49PM

Credit: Vermont State Police
SHARON, Vt. - A Vermont State police cruiser was hit while assisting a motorist on I-89 in Sharon Wednesday afternoon. 

A press release says Trooper Christopher Blais was helping a motorist whose vehicle spun out on the bridge over VT Route 132. While sitting in his police cruiser with his lights on, Blais was hit from behind. 

Vermont State Police say Alden Hall, 44, of Lebanon, N.H., was traveling south on I-89 when he hit the parked police cruiser. 

Blais was taken to Dartmouth Hitchcock to be evaluated as a precaution. Hall and the other occupants in the vehicle refused medical treatment.

Police are currently investigating the crash, but they believe winter weather road conditions played a role in the crash. 

The Vermont State Police remind all motorists to use caution during winter weather road conditions: 
  • Slow down and drive for the road conditions.
  • Leave more room than usual between vehicles – you’ll need the extra time and distance to brake safely. Signal early, merge slowly and carefully.
  • Brake early and slowly to prevent skidding. Never slam on the brakes on winter roads.
  • Do not use cruise control during a storm, don’t overestimate the ability of four-wheel or all-wheel drive, and look out for black ice on what appears to be bare pavement.
  • Stay off your mobile device and minimize other distractions. You’ll need added reaction time to respond to an unforeseen event or situation.
  • Look ahead – the actions of other vehicles will alert you to what is happening ahead so that you can react safely and in time.

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