What was just another Monday morning commute turned into an unexpected tragedy for drivers on the Beltline. A 56-year-old man from Chittenden County was killed after his car swerved into oncoming traffic.
"He was trapped in the vehicle and off the roadway. Shortly after that, medical determined that the operator had passed," said Burlington Police Lt. Jason Lawson.
The accident happened on Route 127 near Plattsburgh Avenue, where the victim collided with a Mountain Transit school bus taking two students to the Burlington Technical Center. No one on the bus was injured but attempts to revive the driver of the car were unsuccessful. One student witnessed it all.
"Certainly witnessing an accident is difficult for anyone but especially for a young adult. Those are the things that we have to worry about -- what is the trauma, what are the memories that something like this is going to invoke and then how can we support the students," said Milton Town School District Superintendent John Barone.
As Burlington Police continue to notify family of the victim, Milton High guidance counselors are offering support to the students involved and making sure all parents know about the accident. "As a parent, I don't want to hear about this on the news or through a newswire, so we try to make that call so parents would hear from us first.," Barone said.
Police are still investigating the accident but believe winter conditions may have been a factor. They say playing it safe on the roads is crucial. "In these winter conditions, it can change quickly and ice can form quickly, so just slow your speeds down and be aware of your driving," Lt. Lawson said.
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