Monday December 3, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- Emergency responders and the police were busy all weekend after light rain and snow covered area roads with a dangerous coating of ice.

A light early morning snowfall Saturday morning caused a number of crashes, while light rain and fog late Saturday night kept police busy all night.

On Saturday, just after 8 a.m., the Vermont State Police answered a call on Interstate 91 near the exit 2 off ramp.

Bryan Phillips, 21, of Naugatuck, Ct., lost control of his 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier, which slid off the road as Phillips was navigating the curve on the ramp. The car flipped over, though Phillips was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Alex Rideout, 39, of Hinsdale, N.H., also slid off the Interstate Saturday morning around 9 a.m. Rideout's 2003 Chevy truck suffered minor damage when the vehicle slid into a brush pile in the median near the Vermont state line. Rideout was able to drive the truck away, though the police say he was driving too fast considering the conditions.

And at around 1 p.m. Saturday the Vermont State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Route 100 in Whitingham near Jacksonville.

Beth Gypson, 19, lost control of her Nissan Pathfinder while traveling north. The vehicle veered into the southbound lane and went into a ditch where it landed on its side. Gypson was wearing a seat belt, was not injured, but her car was totaled.

The State Police reported similar conditions and incidences across Vermont Saturday.

In New Hampshire, a Warren, N.H. man died after losing control of his truck on Route 118 in Warren. Jason Chew, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene after his vehicle slid off the road. Chew was not wearing a seat belt

After a busy Saturday morning the police were right back at it later that night when a light drizzle coated the cold roads with ice.

At around 6 p.m. Jonathan Bratton, 21, of Guilford was driving his 2004 Chrysler Sebring on Weatherhead Hollow Road in Guilford when he lost control and spun into a parked car in a driveway near Stony Hill Road. Both vehicles suffered minor damage, though there were no injuries in the crash.

Just before 9 p.m. Saturday Nathan Munday, 17, of Vernon, lost control of his 2000 Mitsubishi Galant on the West River Bridge while traveling south on Interstate 91.

Munday's car spun around 360 degrees, the police say, a just south of the bridge and came to rest against the guardrail. Munday was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. The vehicle suffered minor front end damage, but the car was able to be driven away from the scene.

Just after 10 p.m. Jonnalee Christiansen, 20, of Alexandria, Va. Was driving a 2004 Ford truck south on Route 5 near Old Stage Road in Putney. The police say black ice caused Christiansen to lose control of the vehicle which slid into a ditch causing front end damage. The driver was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Randy Bright, 48, of Brattleboro totaled his 1998 Subaru Impreza when the police say he slid on black ice at around 11 p.m. on East West Road in Dummerston. Bright hit a telephone pole near 934 East West Road and the vehicle was towed away. Bright was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

The Vermont State Police are asking drivers to make sure they are familiar with winter driving tips.

They say vehicle operators should slow down, and concentrate on accelerating and braking separately. It is easier to control a car when the driver is either braking or accelerating, but not both at the same time.

The police also warn motorists to operate their vehicles with a slow and steady foot in slippery condition and become familiar with the car's limitations.

For more winter driving tips go to

http://www.driverside.com/auto-library/winter_driving_tips_how_to_drive_in_the_snow-801.

Howard Weiss-Tisman can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 279, or hwtisman@reformer.com.