W. Rutland man critically injured in crash
By Brent Curtis
staff writer | April 11,2014
Albert J. Marro / Staff Photo
Rutland Town Fire Chief Frank Cioffi talks with Vermont State Police Sgt. Mark Perkins at the scene of an accident involving a pickup and school bus Thursday morning on Route 3 in Rutland Town.
A West Rutland man was in critical condition in a New Hampshire hospital Thursday night after his truck collided with the rear of an empty school bus on Route 3 in Rutland Town.
Nathan Whitehorne, 41, was taken by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. The crash took place at 8:42 a.m. just south of the intersection with East Proctor Road.
Whitehorne was trapped in the truck for about an hour while firefighters from Rutland Town worked to free him from the wreckage of his 2013 Toyota Tacoma.
Emergency workers set up an intravenous bag while firefighters used saws to cut and then peel away the roof of the truck cab. They removed the truck door, then lifted him out onto a stretcher.
He was taken by Regional Ambulance Service to Rutland Regional Medical Center at about 9:30 a.m. and was immediately airlifted from there, police said.
No children were on the damaged school bus, but police said driver Kimberly Baird, 52, was taken to RRMC for minor injuries. She was treated and later released.
Whitehorne’s truck was also carrying three dogs; two in carriers in the back of the truck and one in the cab.
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.
Vermont State Police Detective Sgt. Butch Abdelnour coaxed one of the 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.
The Rutland Town Fire Department, several state troopers, Rutland Town Police, the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department and Regional Ambulance Service responded to the scene.
Police said the crash remains under investigation and asked any witnesses to call 773-9101.