PUTNEY, VT — Morgan Cantlin was hurt in a major box truck accident that happened in Putney, Vermont on Monday, January 19th, 2015. The news article said that the accident happened at about 5:00 Monday morning.
18-year-old Morgan Cantlin was hurt when the car they were in was hit by a box truck while at a rest stop on Interstate 91. Officials said that the box truck lost control and skidded into Cantlin’s car in icy road conditions.
Cantlin was taken by EMS to a nearby hospital with unspecified injuries.
The driver of the box truck was identified as Scott Judd.
Vermont Highway Patrol is helping with the accident investigation.
Scene of the Accident
View from the Road
I’ve seen a few news reports about this accident, and they all seem to have a common thread: the fact that the offending box truck lost control in icy road conditions. Now, I’ve been doing this for over 25 years, and in all all the cases I’ve handled, be they commercial vehicles or commuter cars, none of them simply lose control when they are moving at too-cautious of a pace. While I don’t have all the facts in the accident, I’d be willing to go out on a limb and say that the driver was going too fast for the conditions of the road. Commercial drivers are extensively trained on tailoring their speed to match road conditions. Any failure to do otherwise is extremely dangerous, and should never go unpunished. These trucking companies need to learn to slow down, but the industry where time is money has other priorities, apparently.
— Grossman Law Offices