Two people are in critical condition after a head-on collision on Route 15 in Morristown on Monday afternoon.
According to Morristown police two of the three drivers involved in the crash, Malcom Putvain, 18, of Wolcott and Rebekah Martin, 27, of Jeffersonville, were both seriously injured, and remain in critical condition.
The third driver, Dylan Perry, 17, of Hardwick, was uninjured.
The crash occurred on Route 15 just west of the Mountain View Snack Bar at around 4:30 p.m. on July 15, police said. Putvain was traveling east on Route 15, and Perry and Martin were traveling west.
Evidence at the scene and eyewitness testimony indicates that Putvain’s 2000 Honda Civic crossed the center line, clipping Perry’s Ford Focus before hitting Martin’s 2012 Toyota Camry head on, police said.
Emergency personnel had to extract both Martin and Putvain from their vehicles at the scene before they were taken to Copley Hospital by ambulance, then both were airlifted by DHART helicopters to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.
Police said both Martin and Putvain had been in surgery and were out by 10:30 p.m. on Monday night; at that time each was in UVM’s intensive care unit and each was listed as being in critical condition. On Tuesday morning UVM Medical Center staff confirmed that both Martin and Putvain were both still in critical condition.
The UVM Medical Center defines critical condition as “vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.”
Route 15 was closed down from the time of the crash until after 10 p.m., and local traffic was detoured.
The Vermont State Police crash reconstruction team was called in to assist in investigating the crash. Morristown Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services departments responded, as did agencies including the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department, the Hyde Park and Wolcott fire departments and Northern Emergency Medical Services.
Police have not stated at this time what factors they believe may have contributed to the crash, including speed, alcohol or drugs, and the investigation is ongoing.
Any eyewitnesses who may have seen the crash and have not yet spoken to police are asked to call Morristown Police Detective Jason Luneau at 888-4211.