Trucker hurt in W'ford wreck

Trucker hurt in W'ford wreck

There are 21 comments on the Bennington Banner story from Apr 24, 2008, titled Trucker hurt in W'ford wreck. In it, Bennington Banner reports that:

A tractor-trailer crashed on Woodford Mountain trying to round a sharp curve on Route 9 for the second time in a week Wednesday, closing the road for hours and requiring the driver to be extricated from the ...

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Tom Smith

Springfield, VT

#1 Apr 24, 2008
Ironically, is that there is a truck escape ramp just west of yesterday (and last week's) crash site.

In my opinion, If tractor-trailer rigs can not consistently safely negotiate Route 9, then that route should be closed to them until what time it is made safe. In this case the driver was
obviously in a hurry to get her high priority cardboard and garbage to Albany.

New Britain, CT

#2 Apr 24, 2008
I wonder how many more people have to die before something is done about these truckers! It is very apparent that they do not follow federal regulations! Time for something to be DONE!!!!!!!!

Pittsburgh, PA

#3 Apr 24, 2008
I agree- Route 9 should be closed to big rigs until something is done to make it safe for the innocent lives that travel the mountain. Then maybe they would think about shifting down.

Adams, MA

#4 Apr 24, 2008
what will it take for some truck drivers to understand what 40 mph means before they decend down a hill that plainly says on signs all the way down 25 mph sharp curves big yellow flashing lights to show truck run off ramp!!!! why is it so hard for them to shift down and do the speed limit instead of speeding? i really believe that rt 9 needs to be watched by the police for speeders all the time and write out some tickets it might save people lifes! besides what the hell is she doing with 4 dogs 1 snake in the truck with her?

Middlebury, VT

#5 Apr 24, 2008
Yesterday I was coming down Woodford Mountain and was curious as how these accidents are happening other than speed being the cause...The escape ramp is not marked well enough and I actually had passed it before seeing it State of Vermont needs to mark it better and also put a second one in just slighly past the one they have...more warning signs also need to be to how serious that corner is...

United States

#6 Apr 24, 2008
Rt 9 is important to the local and state economy and needs to be kept open and available to everyone including truckers at all times of the year. If extra police are necessary or even extra salter trucks or pot hole crews, VT needs to spend the money to get this done. Maybe the increased fines for speeding down the hill ( truckers, cars, motorcyclists, snowmobile haulers, NJ skiers) could help offset some of that expense. Bottom line, if 9 is closed or restricted, Brattleboro doesn't get groceries and Mt. Snow doesn't get skiers either (nor do restaurants, hotels, campsites etc.)
James Thompson


#7 Apr 24, 2008
drivers not familiar with that road, need to be advised before traveling it, its a dangerous raod, especially if you are not familiar with it.

Wilmington, VT

#8 Apr 24, 2008
I think it is becoming pretty obvious that the truck drivers cannot be trusted to read the signs and slow down before that corner. I'm sure that many of them are familiar with the terrain or have heard about how dangerous it is. But all it takes is one ignorant, or stupid, truckdriver to cause a tragedy. I have driven back and forth to bennington five days a week, for the last six months, and have followed many trucks down the mountain that were clearly going too fast. I want to know what the Vermont State Police are going to do to make this road safer. Before the last week, I hadn't seen any on Route 9 in the last couple months. I'm sure that the officers from the Shaftsbury Barracks have a lot of important responsibilies, but I think that policing Route 9 should be high on their priority list. I think it would help save lives, and I'm sure they could make a lot of money writing tickets.

New Britain, CT

#9 Apr 24, 2008
To all the rescue workers And it makes me proud to live in a area where we have such good fire,rescue and police.
and for those who it may concern the police have onley a few troopers who have to cover all of bennington county. the people who nead to patrol the mountain are the D M V.
Anti prejudice

Jericho, VT

#10 Apr 24, 2008
This comment is directed towards Amber:

To think all truckers are like this because of a few truckers unwise decisions is to be prejudice. And since Vermont is 'left' state and a Radical one in Bush's eye this is something we do not need...
forrest davis

Nathalie, VA

#11 Apr 24, 2008
what, write tickets and have to do something????

Newburyport, MA

#12 Apr 24, 2008
with out truckers america stops bottom line.think about that when your eating supper, and watching your big sceen tvs and driving your big expensive suvs .you wuoldnt be doing it without the hard work of us truckers

Moretown, VT

#13 Apr 24, 2008
I would venture to guess that dozens of tractor trailer drivers navigate their way down Route 9 daily without incident. It is ignorant to think that closing route 9 to truckers would solve the problem. It is even more ignorant to state that truck drivers can not be trusted. There are thousands of miles driven every day by thousands of truckers without incident.
Closing route 9 to trucks would create more problems than it would solve, just as "wankee" clearly pointed out.
The state police need to patrol the road more, yes, as does the DMV enforcement however, a knee jerk reaction will get us no where.

New Britain, CT

#14 Apr 24, 2008
I think mabye its time for a new plan of action, 90% of the accidents on RT9 involve tractor trailers. No im not saying all truck drivers are bad, but there are enough that dont follow laws to start people thinking that all truckers are bad. My poor father in law witnessed the one last wednesday, and did his best to help and comfort the man trapped in his car. The truck driver in that accident walked away, unhurt. Yet refused to help in anyway! I think its time for a check point for trucks to be inspected before decending the mountain, that mountain is not to be taken lightly, especialy if you are driving a big truck like that. All these recent accidents make me not want to drive anymore, I dont want to die, or worse see my children die because of someone elses carelesness.

Jamaica, VT

#15 Apr 25, 2008

New Haven, CT

#16 Apr 25, 2008
I think "knee jerk" is an excellent phrase here!

I have also frequently travel this road, and hate it. But you cannot "shut down" the single roadway that connects two sides of the state within an hour & a half. It is also where we get much of our goods - that is why there is so much truck traffic, as well as our mail going back & forth several times a day.

And I agree that it is a few out of very, very many who are irresponsible. If there is a mandatory truck stop, where will that law enforcement officer(s) NOT be covering because they are there? And will stopping them really make them slow down later on? Some DMV coverage, yes.

Other than removing the mountain, there might not be any sure answer to this one.

And I also think people in a tragedy respond in a lot of different ways, including not helping.

Since: Apr 08

Bennington, VT

#17 Apr 26, 2008
Amber wrote:
I wonder how many more people have to die before something is done about these truckers! It is very apparent that they do not follow federal regulations! Time for something to be DONE!!!!!!!!
Amber, I have to say something about your comment. It is very discriminatory to make a statement like that. Not every single trucker out there is disrespectful,negligent and dangerous driver. As for something to be done. What would you want to be done? Don't allow any big rigs into VT? If that ever happened all hell would break loose. How would you get gas so you can go to a DR. appointments, go to work,groceries, anything? Would you be willing to travel to the closest city to get your stuff? Drive next to a big rig on the highway? Truckers are a necessity to this country. In the time I drove truck, I met a lot and I mean a lot of excellent drivers. Unfortunately you never hear about them only the bad ones. Let's not lose track of what the problem is. This one person's lack of a good decision in driving. Not everyone. Don't make stereotype comments.
Real Vermonter

Boston, MA

#18 Sep 16, 2008
Good experienced truckers pass with no problems! Bad unsafe truckers CRASH! Do something about them and in most cases problem solved!
The Brattleboro Informer

Trumbull, CT

#19 Sep 16, 2008
Real Vermonter wrote:
Good experienced truckers pass with no problems! Bad unsafe truckers CRASH! Do something about them and in most cases problem solved!
Right on, same goes for drivers of cars.

Beware of Subarus with Vermont plates; they're the biggest menace on the road.
Real Vermonter

Boston, MA

#20 Sep 16, 2008
Yeah ones with TBI on the plates! LOL!!

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