Cavendish road closures expected following cold water rescue

Crews will continue to try and remove an overturned tractor-trailer out of the Black River Wednesday after a crash on Tuesday.
Published: Dec. 28, 2021 at 4:49 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 29, 2021 at 6:18 AM EST
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CAVENDISH, Vt. (WCAX) - Crews will continue to try to remove an overturned tractor-trailer from the Black River Wednesday after a crash on Tuesday.

Vermont State Police say it all happened early Tuesday morning just before 3 a.m.

They say the 77-year-old driver lost control of his truck while going around a snow-covered corner on Route 131 in Cavendish. He then crashed into the river.

When crews got there, the driver, Donald Darrah, was standing on top of the unit. But because of water depth and temperatures, a cold water rescue was required. He was successfully rescued and only slightly hypothermic.

Crews worked all day Tuesday and into the night to recover the tractor-trailer.

State police say the roadway could be closed at various times on Wednesday as work continues.

Due to leaking fuel, the EPA will be monitoring the river and organizing the cleanup.

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