Police Reports

Brake failure, deer crossing cause fiery crashes over weekend

A UPS truck caught on fire after its brakes failed and it rear-ended a pickup truck in Waterbury Friday night.

The crash took place near East Wind Drive at around 8 p.m. Thomas Martin, 36 of Barre, was driving a UPS box truck that lost braking ability.

The UPS truck struck the rear end of a Toyota Tacoma driven by Philippe Ducas, 67 of Waterbury. After the crash, the UPS truck caught fire and caused a significant hazard.

Waterbury Stowe Road was closed for a period of time while the Waterbury Fire Department made the scene safe.

Deer strike leads to injuries, fire – A woman from White River Junction was injured during a single-vehicle crash in Brookfield Sunday.

Authorities say they were notified of a vehicle on fire on I-89 at around 3:05 p.m. According to the report, Cheryl Fish was traveling south when she hit a deer.

Fish was able to bring the vehicle to a controlled stop along the breakdown lane. Police say she exited the vehicle, which became fully engulfed shortly afterward.

Only minor injuries were sustained. The road was temporarily closed while crews worked the scene.

Fatal motorcycle crash – A 64-year-old man from South Burlington was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Richmond on Thursday, July 14.

The crash took place on I-89 north at around 6:05 p.m. Troopers arrived on the scene and identified the deceased driver as Joseph Cafferky.

Police say Cafferky’s vehicle, a 1983 BMW motorcycle, was located at a position of uncontrolled rest in the passing lane.

As per witnesses, no violations were committed prior to the crash.

Republished from the Newport Dispatch, a daily online news publication. 

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  1. Take note of how the delivery trucks sound when they pull up in your driveway or on the road – USPS, UPS, FEDEX – reports of deferred maintenance, inability to get parts, etc. is going to cause more issues of safety for drivers. A few coming into my area sound pretty bad lately.

  2. Let’s hope airlines don’t start skimping on maintenance. Bad enough they’re cancelling tons of flights… like one I was booked on and needed to pay almost twice as much for an already overly expensive flight it replaced.

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