Wednesday January 30, 2013

JAMAICA -- A Windham woman died in a car crash on Monday after her vehicle caught fire.

On Monday afternoon, around 3 p.m., Vermont State Police responded to Route 30 just north of Jamaica Village for a report of a two-vehicle crash. It was snowing, which gave responders reason to believe that the conditions of the road may have been a factor in what happened.

Tressa McKinney, 20, of Windham, was driving a 1999 Toyota Corolla in the southbound lane of Route 30 when she lost control and crossed over the double solid line, colliding with a 1994 GMC Suburban, which had been traveling in the northbound lane.

Following the collision, McKinney's vehicle caught on fire and was engulfed in flames.

Gavin Scotti, 48, of Greenwich, Conn., was driving the Suburban along with a 14-year-old passenger. Scotti and his passenger were transported to Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend. Both were released after being treated for minor injuries. The Suburban had heavy front-end damage.

The Jamaica Fire Department, Winhall Police and Londonderry Fire and Rescue Department responded to the scene.

"This is further reason for people to drive with caution during this weather," said Troop D Commander Capt. Ray Keefe of the Vermont State Police.

The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper James Matthews at the Brattleboro barracks at 802-254-2382.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.