Eight vehicles in Cuttingsville damaged in chain reaction
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | December 16,2012
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A multi-vehicle accident Saturday damaged several cars in the John C. Stewart & Son car lot on Route 103 in Cuttingsville.
Seven people were taken to the hospital and eight vehicles were damaged in an unusual chain-reaction crash Saturday in Cuttingsville, according to Vermont State Police.
Police said no one was badly hurt in the series of accidents that involved three moving vehicles and five parked ones.
Police said Sharron Hackney, 64, most recently of Connecticut but in the process of moving to Texas, was coming north on Route 103 on Saturday afternoon when her 2005 Ford Freestyle crossed the center line just south of the bridge near the John C. Stewart & Son used car lot.
“She was driving up from Connecticut,” Trooper Robert McKenna said Saturday night. “She had been driving all day and was headed up to Rutland.”
Coming the other way was a Ford Windstar, carrying four passengers and driven by Cheryl Aronowitz, 65, of Whitehall, Ark.
“The driver’s-side front headlights hit,” McKenna said.
The collision took one of the tires off Hackney’s car, according to the trooper, and she continued north in the southbound lane, minus a tire.
“She was unable to control the vehicle at this point,” he said.
One southbound car managed to get past Hackney, McKenna said. He said a second car, a 2008 Honda CRV driven by Joanna Blane, 42, of Mount Holly, tried to evade Hackney by getting far over to the right, but to no avail.
McKenna said Hackney’s car hit Blane’s car so hard that the Honda did a complete 360-degree spin, bumping a car in the John C. Stewart parking lot.
Hackney, meanwhile, continued into the parking lot, scraping the bumper of one used car and hitting another on the passenger side before stopping, according to McKenna. He said the last car Hackney hit was knocked into another, which was, in turn, knocked into another.
McKenna said Hackney’s and Aronowitz’s vehicles were total losses, while Blane’s was significantly damaged.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if that was totalled as well, but I don’t know,” McKenna said.
All three drivers were taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center along with four passengers from the van, one of them a 4-year-old. McKenna said the van’s passengers went “mostly for precautionary reasons” and that nobody was seriously hurt.
McKenna said there was no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved or that Hackney was asleep at the wheel. The accident is still under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call Vermont State Police at 773-9101.