Stamford, Vt. woman suffers minor injuries in crash that cut power


STAMFORD, Vt. -- A Stamford woman escaped serious injuries in a single-car accident on Routes 8 and 100 Thursday morning that left parts of town without power for several hours, according to Vermont State Police.

Maria Theresa Denault, 20, was taken to North Adams Regional Hospital after her 2005 Dodge Durango went off the road and struck a utility pole shortly before 9 a.m.

Denault was traveling northbound on Routes 8 and 100 at approximately 45 miles per hour when the vehicle's wheels lost traction because of ice and slush on the road, according to a press release by Trooper Paul F. Sokolowski Jr. of the Shaftsbury Barracks. The vehicle slid across the roadway and struck a utility pole, which broke at the base as a result of the impact.

Police say Denault was not wearing a seatbelt.

Green Mountain Power reported more than 500 customers affected in Stamford and Readsboro with power being completely restored in the early afternoon. A lack of electricity led Stamford Elementary School officials to dismiss students early.

Stamford Volunteer Fire Department, North Adams Police Department, Vermont State Police, and North Adams Ambulance Service responded to the scene.


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