Tuesday March 26, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- A 25-year-old Connecticut man is being treated for "serious, possibly life-threatening injuries" after being ejected from the vehicle he was driving when it crashed into the median near Exit 1 of Interstate 91 and rolled over numerous times Monday morning.

Timothy Liacos of Sheldon, Conn., was driving a 2013 Mazda CX5 northbound when the vehicle swerved into the patch of earth separating the highway lanes and rolled several yards before coming to a rest in the upright position at approximately 11:30 a.m. Liacos appeared to have been ejected through the vehicle's windshield and lay unconscious in the middle of I-91 South. Multiple drivers-by stopped their vehicles and called emergency personnel after seeing the accident and a few rushed over to the man to help.

One of the Good Samaritans checked the vehicle to make sure there were no other occupants, which there were not. One of the women tending to the injured man could be heard trying to get him to regain consciousness. Vermont State Police and Rescue Inc. were on the scene within minutes and personnel began administering medical treatment to the man. Before being removed by emergency responders for transport to Dartmouth Hitchcok Medical Center, Liacos did appear alert.

There was no update on the Liacos' condition by presstime Monday.

According to police, "speed and alcohol are suspected as contributing factors to the crash." The investigation is ongoing.

The crash spewed many yards worth of debris and dirt in the median and in the southbound lane. The front tire on the driver's side was ripped off and lay in the road. Other pieces from the wreckage -- including part of the front bumper -- sat scattered, as did some personal items like a Nerf football and an iPod. An aroma of vehicle exhaust and dirt lingered in the air and there were skid marks in the road, indicating where the man had swerved.

A woman driving a red car with a Vermont license plate pulled over to the right side of the highway after witnessing the crash. She said she was driving in the right lane of I-91 North when the Connecticut vehicle nearly side-swiped her and then went into the median.

Vermont State troopers took statements from witnesses and asked on-lookers to get on their way. Traffic on I-91 South was blocked for a while but soon resumed. What could have been a major traffic jam was alleviated because many vehicles simply took Exit 1.

Domenic Poli can be reached at dpoli@reformer.com, or 802-254-2311, ext. 277. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoli_reformer.