Police say that Alfred Cole, 78, of Lyndonville, was traveling southbound on Vermont Route 16 by the Interstate overpass in the Town of Barton, when he attempted to turn left in order to head south on Interstate 91.
Jason Simino, 40, of Glover, was traveling northbound when Cole crossed into his lane. The two vehicles collided at around 12:30 p.m.
Police are saying that statements from witnesses, combined with the fact that the preliminary investigation reveals the point of impact being in the northbound travel lane, suggest that Cole, attempting to turn left in front of Simino, may have been responsible for the crash.
Cole was transported to North Country Hospital by ambulance, and was later transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital. It appears that Cole may have suffered a medical issue prior to the accident.
An Orleans County Deputy Sheriff was also on scene and assisted with the investigation.
During the investigation Simino was found to be operating under the influence of alcohol. Simino’s preliminary breath test indicated a .108 percent blood alcohol content at roadside. He was transported by the Vermont State Police to the Derby Barracks, where he was processed and released.
Police say the crash is still under investigation, but it appears that although alcohol was involved, it does not appear to be a factor in the crash.
Both Barton Fire and Barton Ambulance were on scene. Both vehicles appeared to be totaled and were towed from the scene by Wright’s Towing.Are you on Instagram? Cool. So are we. CLICK HERE to follow us for a behind the scenes look at Newport Dispatch.