On December 11, at 2:47 p.m., troopers out of the Williston Barrracks responded to Rte. 15 near Sunny Acres Road, in the Town of Cambridge, for a one-car crash. The operator was identified as Jared Jones, of North Wolcott. Jones advised he lost control of his vehicle due to the poor road conditions. Jones’ vehicle was totaled after it left the roadway and rolled up against a tree. Jones was transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center as a precaution. Alcohol and speed are factors in this crash and this case is still under investigation. Troopers were assisted by a warden with Vermont Fish and Wildlife, Cambridge Fire, NEMS and Stones Automotive.
On December 12 at approximately 2:10 p.m., the Vermont State Police received a report of a two-car motor vehicle crash on Vermont Rte. 15, east of the intersection with Brookside Drive in the town of Walden. Preliminary investigation showed Vehicle 1, a 2011 Toyota Corolla, was traveling east on Vt. Rte. 15 when it departed its lane of travel, striking a guardrail in the eastbound shoulder. Vehicle 1 was then redirected across the center of the roadway into the westbound lane. Vehicle 2, a 2017 Ford Explorer, was traveling west on Vt. Rte. 15 and was struck by Vehicle 1 in the westbound lane of travel. Vehicle 2 came to a final point of uncontrolled rest in the westbound lane and Vehicle 1 came to a final point of uncontrolled rest in the eastbound lane. The female operator of Vehicle 1, whose name is being withheld pending notification to family, sustained fatal injuries and was declared deceased at the scene. The operator of Vehicle 2 was identified as Mitchell Shatney, of Walden, and was transported for treatment of minor injuries. This case remains under investigation and anyone with information, or who may have witnessed the collision, are asked to email Sergeant Thomas Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org.