• Brandon woman killed in Route 7 head-on crash
    June 13,2013
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    Firefighters were on the scene of a fatal crash Thursday morning in a crash involving a Volvo and a tractor trailer on Route 7 in Brandon.

    By Brent Curtis
    Staff Writer

    BRANDON – An 81-year-old local woman was killed Thursday morning in a head-on collision just south of town on Route 7, according to Brandon Police Chief Christopher Brickell.

    Brickell said Maxine Thurston was pronounced dead shortly after she was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center by helicopter.

    Thurston was driving a Volvo station wagon north on Route 7 near Otter Valley Union High School when she swerved into the oncoming lane and collided with a Mack truck driven by Paul Johnson, 61, of Oswego, NY.

    The impact crumpled Thurston's car, hurled it over a guard rail and heavily damaged the tractor trailer, which remained in the south bound lane at noon.

    Johnson was uninjured in the crash. Rescuers had to cut away the roof of the Volvo, Brickell said, to reach Thurston who was still alive when she was taken from the scene.

    The cause of the crash remains unknown, although Brickell said medical issues may have been a factor.

    A Vermont State Police crash reconstruction team was at the scene Thursday morning along with commercial vehicle enforcement officers from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
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