WEST HAVEN, Vt. —A tour bus collided head-on with a tractor trailer in central Vermont Friday night, killing the driver of the bus and injuring several others, including several passengers and the driver of the truck.
Vermont State Police said that the tractor trailer, belonging to JP Logistics, was traveling on state Route 22A in West Haven near the New York border when it jackknifed at the bottom of a long hill and came to a stop in the road. A tour bus operated by New Jersey-based Triple D Travel crested the hill shortly afterward, lost control, and crashed into the guard rails and the truck, which was hauling K-cups for Keurig coffeemakers.
Police said the bus driver, identified as Darnell Hannah, 59, of Millstone, N.J., was pinned within the bus and critically injured when rescuers reached him. He died of injuries after being taken to a nearby hospital. The driver of the tractor trailer was identified as 34-year-old Haroon Kalid of Scotrun, Penn.
The bus was hauling 32 passengers north to Vermont’s Stowe and Sugarbush ski areas. Two of the passengers received moderate injuries and the thirty others all received minor injuries. All of the passengers were taken to hospitals in Middlebury and Rutland for treatment.
According to investigators, icy roads were a contributing factor in the crash and police urged motorists not to drive unless absolutely necessary. The road conditions were classified as “difficult” in northern Vermont at the time of the crash and “fair” in the southern part of the state.