Tractor trailer accident on U.S. Route 7 halts traffic

The tractor trailer lost two vehicles in the accident on Friday morning. Photo by Lauren Milideo

Tractor trailers showing plates from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma lined the southbound lane of U.S. Route 7 in Charlotte on Friday morning, their drivers sitting idle and wondering when they’d again be on the move. Ahead of them, at the intersection with Wildwood Road, one tractor trailer was stopped at a right angle to the road, its load lying partially in the street.

Vermont State Police Sargent Ravelin, who was on the scene, noted that no one was hurt when the tractor trailer, which was carrying a load of BMWs and Mini Coopers, lost two vehicles in the accident. A Mini Cooper lay on its side, and a BMW SUV was leaning, tilted, as tow trucks arrived to assist. Responders to the scene included an ambulance and fire engine from Charlotte, as well as tow trucks and State Police. The accident was reported just before 10am on Friday.

From Vermont State Police Corporal Andrew Leise noted that the tractor trailer was southbound on Route 7 and went off the side of the road. Vermont State Trooper Joseph Szarejko said that the when the tractor trailer started to lose control, the driver allegedly overcorrected, and the trailer then slid sideways. The truck ultimately came to rest across both lands of travel.

The driver, identified by State Police as 52-year-old Mario Dasilva of Newark, N.J., was issued a ticket for an unsecured load and for failure to drive on roadways laned for traffic, Szarejko said. Dasilva works for Virginia Transportation Corporation, of Rhode Island. Szarejko noted that there was no driver impairment detected, and the roadway was clear at the time of the incident.

Other truck drivers leaned out their windows and chatted with one another as they waited for the area to clear on Friday morning. A driver named Joe, of Wolf Logistics, noted that he was headed to Middlebury with a load of cabinets and had been waiting for a little over an hour. Driver Gary Roy of Chesterfield, N.H., was driving a produce truck and noted that he, too, had been stopped for about an hour.

The road was reopened as of 12:13pm on Friday.

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