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Winter Storm Hits Vermont

St. Albans, Vermont - December 3, 2007

What began as a typical winter storm, ended in a nightmare for a truck driver from Kentucky. His 18-wheeler jackknifed on this bridge near St. Albans, shutting down northbound traffic along this stretch of Interstate 89 for most of the day on Monday.

"It's pretty fortunate he didn't go all the way over. He spilled a little bit of diesel fuel, so we've got to clean that up. The biggest issue is that we've got guard rails that have been damaged on the bridge," said Vermont State Police Lieutenant Rob Evans.

Tow truck operators pulled the truck back onto the highway while hazmat crews spent hours cleaning up about 50 gallons of spilled diesel fuel. The truck driver walked away from the accident unharmed.

Roads were slick and icy across the state as a result of the storm. Vermont State Police responded to dozens of accidents throughout the day. Fortunately most were slide offs or minor fender benders.

At the Underhill Country Store, the storm was the talk of the town. The snow really began to accumulate around lunch time, and residents there say they were getting about an inch of new snow every half hour. "We were mostly seeing freezing rain this morning, but it's big snowflakes now. I love it. I'm loving it. I don't love the roads, but I'm loving this," said Kaylee Tanielian of the Underhill Country Store.

Others were seeing a lot of green somewhere beneath all the snow. John Bugbee plowed 40 driveways and parking lots Monday morning, and made about a thousand bucks in a matter of hours.

With more snow expected Monday night, state police are urging all drivers to be cautious. They say roads will likely remain slick, and it appears that winter may finally be here to stay. More than a foot of snow has fallen in Vermont, and a second phase of the storm is expected to bring several more inches Monday night.

Keagan Harsha - WCAX News

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