A scene of destruction along Route 105 in Richford Wednesday afternoon after a milk tanker crashed through a building.
"Thank gosh it was abandoned and nobody was hurt," Vermont State Trooper Lucas Hall said.
Police say just before 1 p.m., a tractor pulling a milk tanker lost control near the Route 105A intersection, rolling the tanker, which slid into the oncoming lane and smashed into the abandoned boarding house on the side of the road.
"We're trying to figure out exactly how fast that tanker was going. Obviously it was going too fast for conditions to flip over and go onto its side, to exit the roadway and strike a building," Hall said.
Two people were in the truck and got out on their own. The passenger was uninjured, but the driver, Philip Gilman, 33, of Derby, was taken to the hospital later on to be checked out for possible injuries.
"We're just very fortunate that nobody was coming the other way. It could have been much worse than it was and we're just happy to see that nobody got hurt," Hall said.
Police say that tractor-tanker is likely totalled. The road was closed for a half an hour and down to one lane for about three hours.
"We do have leaking fluids but it isn't that much. We've put down pads, we've blocked up some stuff. It did have milk but it doesn't seem like that milk going anywhere," Richford Fire Chief Paul Martin said.
Meanwhile the Old Boarding House-- already dilapidated--- now has a gaping hole.
"Nobody lived here for a long time. We were just getting quite a few people coming along wanting to buy the house just for the lumber," property owner Richard McAllister said.
And McAllister says he can still sell that lumber, so it isn't a total loss for him.
The cause of that crash is still under investigation and Route 105 is back open.
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