Dump truck strikes camper on Route 43

Tuesday October 23, 2012

HANCOCK -- A two-vehicle crash on Route 43 Monday morning sent one driver to the hospital and knocked a nearby building off its foundation, according to state police and the building's owner.

Troopers from the Cheshire barracks say the collision happened around 8 a.m. when a dump truck driven by Ray mond Degonza, 44, of Troy, N.Y., slammed into the back of a motor home driven by 69-year-old Louis Caputo from Bennington, Vt.

The impact of the collision in front of Bob's Camper & RV Inc. sent both vehicles into the business' storage barn, 15 feet off the road. The crash oc curred about a mile north of Hancock Elementary School.

Bob Gaskill, owner of Bob's Camper & RV, told The Eagle that the 24-foot motor home was attempting a left turn into the driveway for the business when the truck hit it.

While Gaskill and his staff didn't see the vehicles plow into the storage barn, they heard it.

"It sounded like a cannon going off," he said.

No one was in the building, which was heavily damaged.

"It was knocked off the foundation," Gaskill noted. "I would consider it a total loss."

Degonza was taken to Berk shire Medical Center with minor injuries. He was cited by investigating troopers for causing the crash, police said. He was later treated and released, according to hospital officials. Caputo wasn't hurt, according to troopers.

The dump truck and motor home, both heavily damaged, were towed from the scene.

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