Minor injuries in mini-van dump truck collision

Closeup of damage to Honda minivan. All photos by the Chester Fire Department.

Closeup of damage to Honda minivan. All photos by the Chester Fire Department.

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No one was seriously injured in the mini-van-dump truck collision on Route 103 this morning. According to police, at 8 a.m. Thursday, a mini-van traveling north toward Chester crossed the center line and collided head-on with the southbound dump truck, owned by the Town of Chester, in front of the Chester-Andover Family Center.

The accident closed the road from Pleasant Street to the State Highway Department garage in Rockingham for three hours. Here’s our earlier report.

Three people in the mini-van suffered minor injuries, according to Chester Police, and

Dump truck passenger side damage.

Dump truck passenger side damage.

were treated at the scene by Chester and Gold Cross ambulance services.

Police say that the accident apparently folded under the dump truck’s driver-side front wheel, forcing the passenger’s side front wheel to also fold under.

About 50 gallons of diesel fuel poured from a ruptured tank on the truck, creating a Hazmat incident that brought out fire crews from Chester and Proctorsville to contain then clean up the spill. Crews dug a 50-foot-long containment trench at the edge of the road, filling it with booms to prevent

Dump truck drivers side damage.

Dump truck drivers side damage.

runoff from getting into the Williams River, police said.

Chester Highway Superintendent Graham Kennedy said the town dump truck was totaled. He said the truck had doubled as a snow plow. The town will now be down one dump truck despite the fact that it will soon be taking possession of new one, which was ordered about six months ago and cost about $130,000, Kennedy added.

 

Hazmat cleanup of fuel.

Fifty gallons of fuel spilled from the dump truck tank.

Hazmat cleanup

Hazmat workers clean up the fuel spill.

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About the Author: Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor for 30 years, having worked at such publications as the Raleigh Times, the Baltimore News American, the Buffalo Courier Express, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Patuxent Publishing chain of community newspapers in Maryland. She and her family moved to Chester, Vermont in 2004.

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