Slick roads cause accidents into Monday after weekend storm

Photo courtesy of Shelburne Police
Firefighters and rescue personnel were on the scene of a seven-vehicle accident on Route 7 at the intersection of Marsett Road Monday. The chain-reaction accident snarled traffic for an hour and a half, but only minor injuries were reported.

By LISA SCAGLIOTTI

The snow started coming down on Saturday and piled up all day Sunday, but by Monday it was still a challenge for motorists.

Shelburne Police said a group of seven vehicles, including a tractor-trailer, ended up in a traffic-stopping collision at the intersection of Shelburne Road near Marsett Drive early Monday afternoon.

During the weekend storm, which ushered in particularly cold conditions, motorists generally kept off the roads and police said they had few calls for help with accidents while snow was falling.

But a call just after 12:30 p.m. on Monday had the makings of several accidents rolled into one.

Photo by Scooter MacMillan
A plow clears Ferry Road in Charlotte.

Shelburne Police, Fire and Rescue were called to Route 7 and Marsett.

“Police determined that, in fact, two collisions had occurred involving seven vehicles and resulting in two injuries. None of the injuries was life-threatening,” police said in a news release.

The sequence of events began when a tractor-trailer driven northbound by Marcus Gonyea, age 36 of Forestville, N.Y., struck a northbound Chevrolet Malibu driven by Larry Knowles, age 52 of South Burlington.

Gonyea tried to swerve before hitting the Malibu, hitting a southbound car as well. Cars behind the accident in the northbound lane attempted to stop. One ended up in a snowbank, and another car was rear-ended after coming to a stop. The Malibu was a total loss, police said.

Police said they were still investigating and working to sort out the details on the other vehicles and the chain of events.

Traffic slowed to one lane for more than an hour and a half as rescue crews worked to provide medical assistance and steer other motorists around the disabled and stopped vehicles. Police said no one was seriously injured.

Police said weather and road conditions, and not alcohol, factored into the crash.

Charlotte Fire and Rescue also provided assistance on the scene.

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