Farm tractor driver charged with DUI-drugs after deadly crash on Rte. 105

Rodney Hall and his Harley – 2020 Facebook photo.

By Guy Page

An Enosburg farm worker was under the influence of drugs when he pulled his farm tractor onto Rte. 105 in Sheldon, causing a collision fatal to oncoming motoryclist Rodney Hall, 71, of Milton, state police said today.

Rte. 105, a state highway connecting St. Albans to Enosburg via Sheldon, has been the scene of nine traffic fatalities since January 2021, the County Courier, Franklin County’s community newspaper, reported August 18.

Police announced today the cause of one of the deaths: on May 6, the operator of a farm tractor was under the influence of drugs when he pulled out in front of a motorcycle driven by a Milton man. 

After a thorough investigation from Troopers of the St. Albans Barracks along with the Crash Reconstruction Team and the Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office, it was determined that the surviving and at-fault operator, Jason Kennison, 38, of Enosburg, was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. Kennison was issued a citation to appear in Franklin County Superior Court on September 9 to answer to the charge of DUI-Drugs.

On May 6, shortly after noon, police received a report of a two vehicle crash involving a motorcycle and a farm tractor towing a piece of farm equipment. A Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived on scene and advised state police that Hall, the operator of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, was deceased. Police say the tractor appeared to pull into the roadway in front of the motorcycle which was traveling west on Route 105. Kennison, the operator of the tractor, was transported to the St. Albans Barracks on suspicion of DUI. 

Statewide, 2022 traffic deaths were at 50 as of a week ago, the County Courier reported. That’s up seven fatalities over the same date last year. A 10-year-average for the date is 36.

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  1. Amerikan’s war on education is reaching a new level. Since 2020, 300,000 teachers have left the profession. Teachers are threatened, intimidated and shot in their classrooms. College debt is out of control, making a teaching career a path to poverty. But amerikan’s hate education. They conveniently forget that without teachers there are no doctors, no engineers, no architects, no scientists. But wait. Amerikans hate science too., They prefer voodoo and moronic religiosity. Amerikans would prefer the Jan.6th Shaman to teach their kids instead of seasoned, well-educated professionals.
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    • A creative progressive can always find a way to blame someone from the other end of the ideological spectrum for anything they see to be a problem. The high accident rate on VT 105?…Trump’s fault. Farm worker using drugs?…Trump’s fault. Any war we have on education is simply because the academic tools necessary to become a doctor, architect or scientist have been supplanted with emphasizing recognition of 50+ genders, race-guilt and hatred of police and the rule of law. Providing free hotel rooms and “pods”, having an open southern border letting in tons of fentanyl and regarding law enforcement as “oppressive” is what is moving the US in the direction of Afghanistan. Get real.

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