North and southbound traffic on U.S. Route 7, just south of Middlebury, was routed along two-lane Halladay Road after a multi-truck crash closed the highway for several hours during mid afternoon Aug. 6.
Edmund Young Sr., 57, of West Rutland died after his Ford flatbed stake truck plowed into the rear of a large tractor trailer rig on Route 7 at Cady Road near Foster Motors. Young worked for United Refrigeration and apparently had just completed work on a job in Burlington.
The cab of Young's truck was crushed by the impact. Young was carefully removed by Middlebury Fire Department firefighters after being trapped inside; crews made a valiant attempt to save his life.
Young received CPR at the scene along with help from an Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association crew. A rescue helicopter at Dartmouth in New Hampshire but Young died before the aircraft was needed.
Rushed to Porter Hospital around 4 p.m., Young was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. Todd Hotchkiss, a manager at United Refrigeration, said the victim was among their best employees.
At press time, it was uncertain what caused the crash. Although Penn Trucking tractor-trailer driver Richard Sunestrom, 52, of St. Albans, said he stopped on Route 7 to make a left turn onto Cady Road eastbound. Sunestrom was not hurt in the crash and appeared to be correctly signaling and slowing down for a left hand turn.
Middlebury Police told news reporters that there were no indications that Young braked his truck before the accident.