BENNINGTON>>Three residents from Adams, Mass., were injured on Friday after rolling a Budget rental cargo truck.
Rutland County Law Enforcement attempted to stop the truck southbound on US Route 7 while the operator, 19-year-old Matthew Megaro, allegedly drove erratically in and out of merging traffic, passing vehicles and crossing into the northbound lane, according to a report written by Bennington County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Lloyd Dean. The report states the vehicle's speed exceeded the posted 55-mile-per-hour speed limit by 30 miles per hour.
The Bennington Police Department assisted in setting up tire deflation devices at various locations on Route 7. The truck swerved but still hit a tire deflation at the Shaftsbury pull off. The operator veered back and forth in the road and ultimately flipped the truck which slid onto the shoulder of the road and down an embankment, Dean reported.
Bennington Police, Vermont State Police, Vermont Game Wardens and Agency of Transportation, and Londonderry and Pownal Rescue all occupied the scene, followed by the Shaftsbury Fire Department and Bennington Rescue to extract the three occupants inside the cab. A helicopter and landing zone at Albany Medical Center in New York was requested by Bennington Rescue, but there was no response, according to Dean.
Two occupants were brought to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for treatment and were released while Megaro was transported to Albany Medical Center by Bennington Rescue to administer leg and facial injuries.
Megaro was charged with attempting to elude, excessive speed, grossly negligent operation and reckless endangerment with a $25,000 surety bond. He will be arraigned when released from the medical center.
Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.