Highway crash spills water jugs onto Interstate

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WESTMINSTER — An early morning tractor trailer rollover closed northbound Interstate 91 for a short while on Saturday.

According to a press release from the Vermont State Police, Daniel Castonguay, 34, of Feeding Hills, Mass., a driver for Hood, was operating a 2012 Freightliner Cascadia tractor trailer while pulling a 2007 Great Dane trailer filled with more than 1,000 gallon jugs of water. Castonguay was traveling south from Barre to Agawam, Mass., when his vehicle left the travel lanes, entered the median and rolled over onto its passenger side as it crossed into the northbound lanes. The truck came to a rest facing in a southeasterly direction across both northbound lanes of I-91.

During the rollover, the weight of the cargo pushed the roof off the trailer, spilling the majority of the jugs onto the median.

Castonguay was transported to Springfield Hospital by Golden Cross Ambulance, where he was treated for multiple rib fractures and a laceration to his head. He was later transferred to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., for more advanced treatment of his multiple rib fractures.

Castonguay told troopers he "dozed off" prior to the crash. Alcohol or drugs were not involved in the accident. One lane of Interstate 91 was closed until 2 p.m. to allow for cleanup. S.G. Reed and DJ's Truck Service worked to right and remove the truck and clear up the spilled cargo.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact Cpl. Mike Sorensen at 802-875-2112.


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