Man trapped when truck hits back of school bus in Proctor
Rob Mitchell / Staff Photo
Rutland Town Firefighters, State Police and Regional Ambulance service rescue workers prepare to extract a man from the cab of the truck he was driving when it hit the back of an empty school bus stopped at a railroad crossing.
A man was injured and taken to the hospital after the truck he was driving ran into the back of an empty school bus that had stopped for a railroad crossing on Route 3 in Proctor this morning.
The man was trapped in the truck for about an hour while firefighters and rescue crews worked to cut away the truck around him and remove him from the cab. Emergency workers set up an IV bag while firefighters used a sawsall and a circular saw to cut, then peel away the roof of the truck cab. They removed the truck door, and then lifted the man out onto a stretcher.
He was taken to the hospital by Regional Ambulance Service around 9:30 a.m.
The bus driver was shooken up, but not seriously injured, according to police at the scene.
The truck was carrying three dogs; two in carriers in the back of the truck and one in the cab of the truck.
One dog escaped and ran around the accident scene while troopers tried to call it closer to attach a leash; the dog eventually ran off up the railroad tracks.
Det. Sgt. Butch Abdelnour of the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, coaxed one of dogs from the carrier into his car and sat with another by the side of the road, waiting for a family member to come to collect the canines. He had been in the area and responded to help out.
Rutland Town Fire Department, multiple State Police troopers, Rutland Town Police, the Rutland County Sherrif and Rutland Regional Ambulance responded to the scene.
The man's name has not been released at this time.