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Oxbow student critical after plow collision

Journal Opinion of Bradford, Vermont

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THETFORD—A collision between a passenger car and a state plow truck seriously injured a Topsham teenager on Dec. 26 on Route 5 near the Fairlee-Thetford town line.

According to a press release from Chief James Lanctot of the Thetford Police Department, the crash occurred at approximately 12:55 p.m. when a 2005 Honda Civic driven by Cooper Pierson, 16, of Topsham began fishtailing while he was trying to negotiate a corner in the road going southbound on Route 5. He was unable to regain control of the car, which then crashed into a 2005 International plow truck that was being driven for the Vermont Agency of Transportation by Floyd Cadwell, 56, of Thetford Center. At the time of the accident, it was snowing and the roads were slippery and covered with snow.

Cadwell was plowing the road going north. He saw the Honda go out of control, spin around and hit his snowplow. Pierson, who had not been wearing a seatbelt, had to be extricated from his vehicle. He was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center with serious injuries.

Cadwell was not injured in the crash.

The car was extensively damaged on the driver's side and the truck's plow had minor damages.

The slippery road conditions combined with driving too fast for the existing conditions were considered the causes of the crash.

Thetford Police along with the Thetford and Fairlee fire departments and Upper Valley Ambulance responded to the crash.

Pierson was still in critical condition as this edition went to press on Dec. 30.

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Original Publication Date: January 1, 2014

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