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Bridport man killed, three others hospitalized in two crashes on snowy roads

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Posted on December 19, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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GENE OLIVER

ADDISON / FERRISBURGH — A Bridport man was killed in a two-car crash on Route 22A in Addison Tuesday evening, and an Addison man was hospitalized. In a separate two-car crash on Route 7 around the same time, two people were seriously injured.

Police cited snow and icy road conditions in both cases.

Vermont State Police reported that Gene Oliver, 46, of Bridport died at the scene of the Route 22A crash as the result of injuries sustained in the crash, which occurred at around 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 17.

Troopers said their preliminary investigation indicated that the Honda Accord Oliver was driving travelled left of the center line and collided head on with a Honda Odyssey driven by 37-year-old Jeffrey Gosliga.

Gosliga was taken to Fletcher Allen Health Care with what police said were non-life-threatening injuries. On Wednesday the hospital said his condition was fair; the hospital defines “fair” as follows: “Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious, but may be uncomfortable. Indicators are favorable.”

Both the Accord and Odyssey were described as total losses.

Police described the weather as cloudy and the road conditions as slippery. They closed Route 22A for about two hours.

This accident remains under investigation.

The tragic accident came only about an hour after a two-car crash a few miles north on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh just north of Dakin Farm. Two people were seriously injured in that incident, and both vehicles were totaled.

At approximately 5:45 p.m. state police responded to the Ferrisburgh crash. They reported that Dustin Langworthy, 39, of Port Henry, N.Y., was driving a 2005 Chevy Blazer southbound when he lost control of the vehicle due to the snow and icy road conditions.

The Blazer crossed the centerline and struck a northbound 2008 Subaru Impreza driven by Jeanie Tucker, 34, of Burlington.

Both drivers where wearing seat belts, and both reportedly sustained leg fractures and lacerations. First responders transported both Langworthy and Tucker to Fletcher Allen for treatment of their injuries.

Route 7 was shut down for approximately one hour.  Troopers notified Agency of Transportation road crews of the hazardous road conditions.

This accident is also still under investigation.

Anyone with further information on either crash is asked to call VSP at 802-388-4919. Information can be submitted by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.

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