Smuggs ski patrol member dies in car crash

A longtime ski patroller at Smugglers Notch Resort died in a car crash Wednesday.

February 9 at about 7 pm, the Vermont State Police responded to a one-car crash on Rte. 108 in Cambridge. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Mark Archambault, 66, of Jeffersonville. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that Archambault  was traveling north on VT route 108, when he veered off the road and struck a tree stump head on. Archambault was transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

Orwell crash victim dies – A 73 year old Lancaster, NH man died Feb. 10 as a result of a Feb. 8 crash in Orwell, police say. 

On February 8 after 9 am, Vermont State Police responded to a report of a multi-vehicle motor vehicle collision involving a tractor trailer unit at the intersection of Vermont Route 22A and Vermont Route 73 in the Town of Orwell.  

Power lines were down across the roadway and there were serious injuries sustained from the collision, police learned. A tractor-trailer driven by Timothy Cote, 55, of Essex Junction  was traveling southbound on Vermont Route 22A, while a 2014 Chrysler driven by Thomas Thompson, 73, of Lancaster was traveling west on Vermont Route 22A, approaching the intersection with Vermont Route 22A.

Thompson failed to stop at the stop sign and traveled into the south bound lane of Vermont Route 22A. The truck collided with the car, and both traveled off the roadway and into a parking lot on the west side of Vermont Route 22A, there colliding with two more unoccupied vehicles.  

Both operators were transported to Porter Hospital in Middlebury to be treated for their injuries.  Thompson was transported to UVM Medical Center to be treated for his life-threatening injuries.  

Cruelty to Rottweiler – On Feb. 5 at 5:30 pm, Vermont State Police assisted the Vermont Volunteer Humane Society in recovering a neglected and deprived canine on Comstock Avenue in the Windsor County town of Weathersfield.

Investigation revealed that a female Rottweiler about 1-3 years of age was left outside during freezing temperatures, had inadequate shelter, no food or water, and was very underweight.  Humane Officer Sue Skaskiw then seized the female Rottweiler.

The owner of the female Rottweiler, 55-year-old Nathan Abbott, was issued a criminal citation and is scheduled to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Windsor Criminal Division, on March 22 to answer to the charge of animal cruelty.

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  1. All sad news…..RIP to the men. And may that poor Rottie be placed with adopters who will love her & care for her.

  2. I worked with Mark Archambault in 1999. He was a great guy and this is horrible news. Always a hard worker and all around good man. RIP Mark, you will be missed.

  3. Mark was a good man and a longtime friend. He truly loved being in the Notch and lived a full life. Rest in Peace my friend. May the Fours Winds Blow you Safely Home.

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