ROCKINGHAM -- In the early morning hours of Saturday, Oct. 26, Interstate 91 Northbound at the Williams River bridge was closed due to a multi-vehicle accident caused by black ice on the highway.
According to a press release, black ice formed on the bridge over the Williams River, which led to several operators losing control of their vehicles. Todd Mayer, 39, of Bellows Falls, was travelling north and lost control of his 2006 Toyota Tacoma and collided with the guard rail, causing minor damage to his vehicle before coming to rest in the breakdown lane just north of the bridge.
Latahsa Carroll, 36, of East Hartford, Conn., was travelling north and lost control of her 2006 Scion and collided with the guard rail, coming to rest partially in the breakdown lane and roadway behind Mayer's vehicle, facing south. There was significant front end damage to her vehicle.
Mayer assisted Carroll and her passenger out of the vehicle and away from the roadway before Jonathan Wright, 38, of Milton, lost control of his 2008 Nissan truck on the bridge. Wright struck the guard rail and also the front of Carroll's vehicle before coming to rest in the median. Wright injured his finger in the crash. There was moderate front end damage to his vehicle.
Ricky Fryer, 43, of Springfield, Mass., was travelling north and observed the vehicles ahead and tried to brake when he lost control of his tractor trailer unit towing a box trailer. He collided with the guard rails and came to rest partially in the median, just north of the bridge, behind Wright's vehicle. There was moderate damage to the front and undercarriage of his vehicle.
William Wallace, 55, of Brattleboro, was travelling north and when he attempted to slow due to the crashes ahead he lost control of his 2006 Toyota Tacoma and collided with the guard rail. His vehicle came to rest in the break down lane behind Carroll's vehicle. There was moderate front end damage to his vehicle.
The northbound lane was closed for approximately one hour while highway crews from the Vermont Department of Transportation treated the bridge and the vehicles were removed. One lane remained closed for approximately two hours longer for the tractor trailer truck to be removed.
State Police were assisted by the Rockingham Volunteer Fire Department and Golden Cross Ambulance.
Driver's are reminded to use caution and watch for black ice as temperatures are fluctuating around freezing. If roadways appear wet, they could be icy and bridge surfaces typically freeze before roadways.