“No Words to Describe a Scene Like That,” says Firefighter
Emergency crews and first responders described the scene of the accident as truly horrific – one of the worst they have ever seen.
A group of teens were traveling down Interstate 89 when a driver in a pickup truck driving on the wrong side of the road slammed head-on with their car. According to WCAX, a passerby stopped to help the victims, but the car had already caught on fire.
The five teenagers who died in the car accident are Mary Harris, 16, Cyrus Zschau, 16, Liam Hale, 16, Janie Cozzi, 15, and Eli Brookens, 16.
The driver of the pickup truck jumped into the cruiser of the first arriving police officer, who was trying to extinguish the flames on the teens’ car. The driver, 36-year-old Steve Bourgoin, started to drive off with the police car, but turned back toward the crash and sped up, reports WCAX.
Bourgoin, traveling at around 100 mph, crashed the cruiser into traffic near the scene of the accident, smashing into several vehicles. Five people were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, reports WCAX.
Police apprehended and arrested Bourgoin before he was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The investigation into the crash is still ongoing.
Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics
Courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), here are some facts regarding motor vehicle crashes in 2014:
- 32,675 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States.
- An estimated 2.34 million people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
- For passenger vehicle occupants who survived fatal crashes in 2014, only 15 percent were unrestrained.
- Over the past 10 years, there has been a reduction of nearly 25 percent in the number of fatalities on the United States’ roadways.