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Posted on October 3, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — A Bristol man riding in a cement truck was killed when the truck overturned on Route 125 in Hancock on Sept. 25. The driver was seriously injured.

Vermont State Police reported that Jason Barton, 35, of Winooski was driving a cement mixer truck eastbound on Route 125 around 1:20 p.m. on that Wednesday, with 45-year-old Michael Thompson of Bristol as a passenger. The mixer was loaded with concrete on the way to a job site.

Coming down a long downhill section of the road, Barton apparently lost control of the vehicle while taking a curve in the roadway, and the truck overturned and went off the roadway. It knocked down several trees before coming to rest partially back on the roadway. The trooper described the road as dry and the weather as partly sunny.

State police and the Hancock Fire Department were dispatched to the site of the crash. They said Thompson died at the scene from injuries he sustained in the crash. Barton was air-lifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., with serious injuries, the nature of which were not immediately available.

Police reported that neither Thompson nor Barton were wearing seat belts.

The 1992 Mack truck sustained extensive damage making it a total loss.

Route 125 was closed for approximately seven and a half hours while the crash was investigated by the Department of Motor Vehicles Commercial Vehicle Inspectors, the wreckage was removed, and the roadway was cleaned up.

This crash remains under investigation.

In other recent activity, troopers:

•  On Sept. 24 fielded a report that a person’s iPhone was stolen while he was at the Ferrisburgh Mobil between 10 and 10:30 a.m. Anyone with information in regard to this theft is asked to contact VSP at 802-388-4919. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.

•  On Sept. 24 looked into a complaint that tools had been stolen from a residence on Tri Town Road in Addison sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. that day. Several Makita power tools were stolen from the garage. Anyone with information on this theft is asked to contact VSP.

•  On Sept. 25 at 7:53 p.m. cited Tyler Scherer, 24, of New Haven for driving under the influence.

•  On Sept. 26 got a report that at approximately 7:57 p.m. a male subject stole fuel from property off Hewitt Road in Bristol. State police are following leads to determine who the person was. The landowner chased the suspect off the property. Anyone with information in regard to this theft is asked to contact VSP.

•  On Sept. 27 at approximately 5:40 p.m. received a report of vandalism and theft from a motor vehicle parked at the Snake Mountain trailhead parking lot on Mountain Road in Addison. An unknown person smashed the front passenger side window with a rock and stole several items including a Garmin GPS unit, cash, a wallet and several credit cards. There are currently no suspects in this theft. Anyone with information regarding this incident or who may have seen any suspicious activity at the Snake Mountain trailhead is asked to contact VSP at 802-388-4919. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.

•  On Sept. 29 at approximately 12:04 p.m. stopped a vehicle driven by Robert J. Koch Jr., 56, of Weybridge for not having a vehicle inspection sticker. Police discovered that Koch’s Vermont driver’s license was criminally suspended and there was also an active warrant for Koch for escape. The trooper cited Koch for driving with a criminally suspended license, second offense, and was lodged at the Chittenden County Correctional Center on the warrant.

•  On Sept. 29 investigated a report that at around 3 p.m. that day two suspects entered Packard’s Auto off Town Hill Road in New Haven and stole five catalytic converters from the business. The suspects were driving a silver car.

•  On Sept. 29 at around 5 p.m. responded to a motorcycle crash on Route 17 in the area of the Appalachian Gap. Upon their arrival, troopers found the driver was up and walking around and had been treated by the Mad River Valley Rescue Squad and released. While traveling downhill, the driver, identified as Tyler Diesi, 29, of Lincoln, had attempted to pass a slower-moving vehicle and lost control of the Triumph motorcycle he was driving. The bike and the operator slid approximately 200 feet before coming to rest in the opposite travel lane. Diesi was wearing full protective gear, which police said saved him from more sever injuries. They said the bike was a total loss.

•  On Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. responded to a report of a domestic assault in the Boro Hill Road neighborhood in Monkton. Police ended up citing Mark D. Holbrook II, 27, of Monkton for domestic assault and released him.

•  On Sept. 30 heard from a business on Snake Mountain Road in Weybridge that someone had broken into a work vehicle between 7 p.m. on Sept. 29 and 5 p.m. on Sept. 30 and taken various items in the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP.

•  On Sept. 30 cited Amanda Holt, 26, of New Haven for speeding for allegedly driving 30 mph over the posted speed limit on Plank Road in New Haven. 

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