Several people were injured in a series of crashes Sunday night, Dec. 13 on Interstate 91 in the town of Dummerston involving a wrong-way driver who sideswiped a police cruiser and then struck a van.
Police say they received an emergency call at 5:41 p.m. Sunday from a southbound driver who reported seeing another driver headed south in the northbound lanes. A state trooper responding northbound on the interstate with his lights and siren activated encountered the wrong-way driver in a pickup truck. The trooper swerved to avoid a collision and was sideswiped by the pick-up truck. The cruiser suffered minor damage, and the trooper turned around in an attempt to safely stop the vehicle.
A short distance later, the pick-up truck collided head-on with a northbound van, causing the van to strike a third vehicle. The collisions were caught on the dash camera of the state trooper, who was in pursuit. Two other vehicles went off the road while taking evasive action to avoid collisions.
The wrong-way driver, Bernard McDonald, 65, of Westborough, Massachusetts, was transported by ambulance to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital with unknown injuries. Impairment may have contributed to the incident. He was unable to be arraigned as scheduled Monday, Dec. 14, due to his injuries and continued hospitalization. The arraignment has been rescheduled for 12:30 p.m. today.
All four occupants of the the 2019 Mercedes Benz Sprinter van suffered serious, non-life-threatening injuries: Operator: Zhigud Lin, 34, of China; Passenger Ding Changzhang, 36, of Flushing NY; passenger Carlos Nabarro, 43, of Mexico; Yushen Chen, 53, of China.
Three of them were taken by ambulance to Brattleboro Memorial for treatment of injuries. The fourth suffered serious injuries and was airlifted by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team helicopter (DHART) to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. That person’s condition was reported to be stable at the hospital.
The driver of the second pick-up truck, Daniel Perry of Charlestown NH, suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Brattleboro Memorial. The drivers of the two other vehicles were evaluated on scene and released.