Initial reports of a crash on I-91 Hartland Mile Marker 61.2 around 7:18 this morning indicated there was a single vehicle involved in a rollover in the median, reported the Vermont State Police late this afternoon. While troopers were en route to the scene, a member of state police from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations stopped and rendered assistance. An operator involved stopped and called 911. They reported that the vehicle involved in the rollover had struck their vehicle, said the VTSP.
Windsor Fire Department and Ambulance responded and transported the operator from the passenger vehicle, which had rolled over in the median, to the hospital for serious injuries. The operator was identified as Natalia Brodeur, age 57, of Claremont NH, who died of her injuries at Dartmouth.
Bart Blonstein, age 64, of Vernon, CT, was identified as the other operator involved in this crash. Blonstein was driving a commercial Freightliner box truck north bound when the vehicles struck in a side collision, which forced Brodeur’s vehicle off the roadway. Blonstein was able to stop the truck he was driving in the breakdown lane north of the crash scene. There was another vehicle reportedly stopped in the breakdown lane at the time of the collision with the driver door and rear hatch open, which presented an immediate hazard, said authorities.
Due to the involvement of a commercial vehicle in the crash, the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicle Inspectors were contacted to complete an inspection of the vehicle. Blonstein was issued a Vermont Civil Violation Complaint for failing to maintain the lane of travel, with an accident and fatality resulting.
The New Hampshire Medical Examiner and the Windsor County State Attorney’s Office are also involved with this investigation. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death and is pending. Once the autopsy, crash investigation and commercial vehicle inspection are complete, the reports will be sent to the Windsor County State’s Attorney for review for possible criminal charges.
Anyone having information or who witnessed this crash are asked to contact Cpl. Mark Busier, or Sgt. Eric Hudson, at the Royalton Barracks at 802-234-9933. This crash remains under investigation.
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