Pre-winter snow blamed for crashesBy Brent Curtis
Staff Writer | October 31,2013An early snowfall Wednesday contributed to a number of vehicle crashes in Rutland County.
Vermont State Police responded to four crashes in West Rutland and Pittsfield between 7:46 and 8:44 a.m. Wednesday when a light snowfall blanketed the roads.
No one was injured in the crashes.
Three of the crashes took place on the “Twin Bridges” on Route 4 in West Rutland, where police said ice on the bridge was to blame.
A 2002 Ford Escape driven by Kristy L. Putorti, 36, of Whitehall, N.Y., was the first car to crash on the bridge. Putorti, who was travelling east on the divided highway, told police she slowed her vehicle before she reached the bridge, but still lost control on the ice and spun into the guardrail.
Minutes later, a 2007 Ford Escape driven by William Canfield, 30, of Fair Haven, also spun out of control into the bridge guardrail. Canfield told police he tried to slow down when he saw Putorti’s vehicle immobilized on the bridge but when he applied the brakes, he lost control.
Sarah Davis, 46, of Rutland, who was driving a 2003 Kia Spectra on Route 4, was the last motorist to crash on the bridge. Davis told police she was driving about 60 mph when she tried to slow down while on the bridge. When she applied the brakes, she lost control, bounced off the guardrail and came to a stop in the middle of the lane.
The final crash state police responded to Wednesday morning in the county was in Pittsfield, where a 2003 Ford F-350 driven by Robert Faubert, 20, of Hope Valley, R.I., crashed on Route 100 north of Fellows Road.
Faubert told police he was driving south on the highway when he lost control on a corner, traveled up an embankment and rolled the truck onto its roof.
Police are urging motorists to use extra caution during winter weather conditions.
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