Fuel delivery truck crashes, driver killed
ATHENS — A truck driver for a local fuel oil company died Wednesday afternoon in a crash on Route 35 near the Athens-Rockingham town line.
Vermont State Police did not release the name of the victim, pending notification of next of kin, but said the driver was a 35-year-old from Walpole, N.H. Police said the driver was not wearing a seat belt.
The accident happened near Sleepy Hollow Road. Police said the vehicle was traveling southbound on Route 35 from the Route 121 intersection when it left the west edge of the roadway, crossed back over the south and northbound lanes and then struck a tree. The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Saxtons River Fire Department, which provides service to Athens, closed the road and set up a detour via Grafton as State Police troopers investigated the crash.
Hillside Towing from Springfield was called to remove the white fuel truck, which was on its side on the east side of the road. There were no reports of leaking fuel oil from the truck, which was operated by a local company.
The State Police was also assisted at the scene by fire departments from Bellows Falls and Westminster, along with Golden Cross Ambulance Service.
Residents were turned away at the intersection of Route 35 and Route 121, including school buses delivering kids home. Route 35 was closed between Brookline Road in Athens and Route 121 in Cambridgeport.
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