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Truck Crash Displaces Bethel Family

  • A tractor trailer crashed into four parked cars before hitting a house on Route 107 at about 4:30 a.m. in Bethel, Vt., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. The driver of the truck was taken to Gifford Medical Center with minor injuries, and no others were hurt. Photo Courtesy of Katie Watters

  • Doug Josler, left, his nephew Zach Josler, and father Bill Josler, right, remove a tractor trailer from the scene of an accident that occurred on Route 107 in downtown Bethel, Vt., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. The truck struck four parked cars before crashing through the corner of a house, doing severe structural damage, at about 4:30 a.m. according to Bethel Fire Chief David Aldrighetti. The driver of the truck was taken to Gifford Medical Center with minor injuries. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Lori Hicks, right, is comforted by her friend Jennie Yon, left, as firefighters and a crew from Sabil and Sons towing remove a tractor trailer that crashed through the corner of the house she rents in Bethel, Vt., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Hicks, her daughter, son, his girlfriend and two grandchildren were in the house at the time of the accident and were uninjured. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Bethel — At least four tenants were displaced and a 44-year-old Vermont truck driver was taken into custody on an unrelated warrant after the tractor-trailer he was driving crashed into a home and four parked cars early Tuesday just south of downtown Bethel, police said.

Stephen Driscoll, of West Danville, Vt., was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Caledonia County after he was evaluated at Gifford Medical Center as a precaution, according to a news release from Vermont State Police.

No injuries were reported after the incident, which happened while Driscoll was driving a 2019 Peterbilt tractor-trailer eastbound on South Main Street, which is also Route 107, shortly after 4 a.m., according to police.

“Investigation revealed the tractor -trailer ... left the road, struck the vehicles and came to an uncontrolled rest after striking the front of a multifamily housing unit,” police said.

Bethel Town Constable Mark Belisle said the apartment building at 286 S. Main St. was condemned on Tuesday due to damage to the foundation and structure.

At least four people living in the building were displaced, he said.

“Last I knew, they had temporary (housing) and were waiting to hear from the Red Cross for assistance,” Belisle said.

Lori Hicks said she rented the home and that she, her daughter, her son, his girlfriend and two grandchildren were in the house at the time of the accident. No one was injured, she said.

The parked cars that were damaged belonged to residents of several homes along that stretch of road. The vehicles suffered moderate to heavy damage, as did the tractor-trailer, according to police.

Belisle said the speed limit was 40 mph and that the crash was unusual for the area.

“He supposedly swerved for some animal,” Belisle said of the driver. Belisle also said the warrant for Driscoll was not related to any sort of driving infraction.

The investigation is ongoing, but police said speed and alcohol do not appear to have been factors in the crash.