Car crashes into Hogback gift shop


MARLBORO -- It was probably a good thing that the Hogback Mountain Gift Shop closes at 5 p.m.

On Friday around 10 p.m., Vermont State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Route 9 in Marlboro at the shop. Failing to maintain his lane, Frederick Bump, 67, of Brattleboro, lost control of his 2013 Subaru XCV in the slush alongside the road while traveling eastbound.

The vehicle crashed into the Hogback Mountain Gift Shop at an angle, causing extensive damage to the building. The crash had knocked down a 15-foot section of the store's exterior wall and destroyed a large amount of merchandise inside the store.

No one was seriously hurt but the vehicle was totaled with extensive front end damage.

"There were puddles of syrup mixed with wine," said Gus Metcalfe, whose family owns and runs the Hogback Mountain Gift Shop. "It was a mess."

On Sunday, the building was boarded up on the outside to prevent wind and snow from coming in. Inside, barrels were filled with material from the damaged wall and broken products.

"The car went through the wine rack. The jam was on both sides and the syrup was in the middle," Metcalfe described.

Metcalfe told the Reformer that Saturday was spent shoveling product and pieces of the wall out of the area where the crash took place. He said the floor had to be mopped 20 times.

The only other similar incident Metcalfe could recall was when someone clipped the building while attempting to park in slippery conditions.

The building is at the start of a steep decline when coming from Wilmington. Sometimes people are not expecting those type of conditions, Metcalfe pointed out.

Over the weekend, a winter storm brought in over a foot of snowfall in locations around the Northeast, including different parts of Vermont. While there had been flurries throughout the entire weekend, the heaviest snowfall in Windham County began on Saturday evening, ending early Sunday morning.

Vermont State Police Sgt. Anthony French told the Reformer that accidents in the snow are usually caused by people driving too fast.

"We did have more vehicles off the road due to the storm," he said. "I can't tell if that was an increase from the last storm or not."

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


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