A driver of a Toyota Prius crashed into a utility pole around 1:30 p.m. on Vt. Rt. 142 in Vernon on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. Removal of the driver from the vehicle was complicated by downed wires.


Sheriff’s report on this accident:

Date: 12/22/15
Investigating Deputy: Gates

Description: On Tuesday, 12/22/15 at approximately 1:23 PM deputies from the Windham County Sheriff’s Office Vernon Division were dispatched to the area of 1140 Fort Bridgman Road in Vernon to investigate a report of a single vehicle crash involving a utility pole. Deputies located a 2006 Toyota Prius in the roadway occupied by one female subject.

Utility wires were hanging near the vehicle prohibiting immediate extrication of the occupant from the vehicle. Emergency responders from Vernon Fire and Rescue, Rescue Inc. and the Brattleboro Fire Department were able to remove the sole occupant of the vehicle after Green Mountain Power arrived at the scene and neutralized utility wires near the vehicle. The sole occupant, Carol A. Schulze, 60, of Vernon, was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital to receive treatment for non-life threatening injuries. Brattleboro Towing removed the vehicle from the roadway. Green Mountain Power and Fairpoint Communications removed a damaged utility pole and wires from the roadway.

Members of the Windham County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident and determined that Schulze’s vehicle had left the marked lane for northbound travel on Fort Bridgman Road and struck a utility pole. The utility pole was broken in half and Schulze’s vehicle sustained significant damage. Alcohol, drugs and distracted driving do not appear to be factors in this crash. No criminal charges are pending at this time. Fort Bridgman Road was closed for approximately one hour as a result.