Slippery ride home Friday

The driver walked away from this accident unhurt Friday afternoon. He had been wearing a seatbelt. Police say snow tires are still a good idea. Shelburne Police photo.

Friday afternoon snow squalls kept local emergency crews busy responding to accidents on slippery roads.

Shelburne Police, Fire and Rescue crews were at the scene of several including a single-vehicle crash just after 4:30 p.m. on Thomas Road that left a Nissan Xterra in the middle of the road on its roof.

The driver, 57-year-old Philip Lassalle, of Charlotte, was unhurt and had managed to exit the vehicle by the time first responders arrived, police said. He had been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Police said Lassalle explained that he was travelling south on Thomas Road. Lassalle failed to negotiate a curve, went off the road, flipping the vehicle onto its roof and landing in the center of the roadway, according to the police report.

The road was closed for approximately 45 minutes as responders checked out the driver and removed the vehicle.

Police said the road was wet with icy patches, not unusual for this time of year. Investigation is continuing but driver impairment does not appear to be a factor in this crash, police said.

“Many of these crashes could have been prevented had the driver maintained their vehicle with adequate tires and travelled at a speed appropriate for weather and road conditions,” said Cpl. Jon Marcoux in a press release.

– Lisa Scagliotti




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