Firefighters worked for 90 minutes on Thursday morning to free a Lyndonville man trapped in a tractor-trailer unit that crashed into the ledge on Mt. Vernon Street after veering off Interstate 91. Richard Fournier, 60, was conscious as emergency crews used power saws and hydraulic cutting tools to open up the cab of the truck in order to free Fournier whose lower body was pinned in the wreckage. CALEX personnel worked to comfort and stabilize Fournier throughout the extrication process. His injuries were not considered life-threatening, but Vermont State Trooper Chad Weikel did report they were serious. Owned by St. Onge Transport, of Derby, the tractor-trailer unit was hauling wood chips when it left the northbound lane of I-91, traveled about 500 feet through the grass median before plunging down an embankment onto Mt. Vernon Street 30 feet below the I-91 overpass bridges. Trooper Weikel did not state why the truck left the road, noting that the investigation will continue.
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