Neighbors Rushed to Rt. 4 Accident

Residents of Liberty Farm Rd. heard screeching and a bang just after 6am this morning. IImmediately at least four individual neighbors rushed down the hill to Route 4 in a dense morning river fog.

One of the neighbors, a Woodstock Ambulance EMT, along with her husband, immediately rushed to the assistance of two occupants in a car.

Another neighbor, who asked that his name not be used, started directing traffic on Rt. 4. He said the fog was so thick you could barely see across the road.

He says the driver of a small box truck was able to get out and was on the river bank. It is not known if he was transported to DHMC but police report his injuries were not serious.

This particular Liberty Farm Road resident is so disturbed by the fatal incident today and other Rt 4 accidents that he burst out in anger while talking to Woodstock Early Bird, “This road is a slaughter house.”

He added of the immediate need to do something about Rt. 4, “Chittenden County doesn’t need all that road money. We have to have it!”

This Liberty Farm Road resident says there have been at least three or four bad accidents on Rt. 4 below his home over the years he has lived there, including another fatal one.

This one has put him over the edge, “You can bet if one of our State representatives, McCormack, Campbell Alison Clarkson or Pete Shumlin was in that car, this road would be fixed.”

He thinks the three communities of Bridgewater, Woodstock and Hartford should come together and demand the road be fixed.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Maria on May 16, 2013 at 17:48

    Our thoughts and prayers to all… it is devastating.
    On Route 107 recently a Rutland representative passed me and my daughter doing well over the speed limit. My daughter mentioned how that is a terrible example to set for today’s young drivers. An elected official traveling like that!

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  2. Posted by Patricia on May 16, 2013 at 18:09

    Agreed! Route 4 has taken too many wonderful people. Rumble strips in the middle AND along the sides would be a good first step. What about reflective paint? Most highways in the U.S. that have this volume of traffic also use reflective paint or reflectors.

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  3. Posted by Paula on May 16, 2013 at 18:17

    I’ve never seen fog like this am, it was a white out.
    I do think cell phones need to be addressed on all our roads. Eyes on the road at all times and Rt 4 has no room for wandering. I think rumble strips would help but phones got to go….

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  4. Posted by Brenda Garsh on May 16, 2013 at 19:08

    Since it is US Rt. 4 you might want to get Peter Welch, Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy involved also. BG

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  5. Posted by Jennifer Mandarino on May 16, 2013 at 20:55

    I too am absolutely disgusted by the high numbers of deaths on Rt. 4. It is shameful that the state allows this to continue. I personally don’t have an answer to how this can be remedied but there certainly is an answer. Perhaps a concrete median needs to be constructed or the trucks will just have to be limited to traveling on 4 between midnight and 6 a.m. I believe that the heavy trucking traffic on a narrow winding, two lane highway is completely unacceptable and I pray that the residents band together to fight for safety.

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