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Wild winds wreak havoc in our region

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Traffic came to a halt on Route 7 shortly after noon Friday when the wind tipped over an 18 wheeler.

"He was northbound on Route 7 when the wind got the right side of his trailer and picked it right up and took his whole truck over," Middlebury Fire Capt. Pat Shaw said.

Four vehicles including the tractor-trailer were involved in the accident.

"There was a guy in a farm truck hauling some limestone, he was taken to Porter Medical Center with some serious injuries," Shaw said.

Police say the driver of the dump truck hit by that 18-wheeler, Pierre Bilodeau, later died. The Whiting man was 50 years old.

When Victor Bergevin looked out his window just off Route 7 he got a surprise. Debris was scattered all over his property.

"We've seen winds, but not this bad. It seems like it was angry!" Bergevin said.

The retired farmer stored RVs and boats in his barn. Everything inside the structure seemed untouched. The barn was totaled.

"The wind is coming just at the right angle, so it's peeling the singles off. There's nothing we can do about it until it stops," said Paul Many of Middlebury.

And the winds were also angry in East Middlebury, where wind gust were recorded at 58 mph. Trees were down along with power lines; many in the area lost power. Jack Brown has lived in the village all his life. This is one of the strongest bursts of wind he's ever experienced.

"It's a good strong wind. It's kind of like a nor'easter, but coming from the other direction," Brown said.

Along with the roar of the wind there was another constant-- a rainbow that could be seen throughout Addison County.

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