Illegal U-Turn Causes I-89 Pileup

An ill-advised attempted U-turn caused a three-vehicle pileup on Interstate 89 in Vermont this week. The accident occurred north of exit 10 on I-89 near Waterbury, VT.

Beatrice Bortz, a 37-year-old Burlington resident, was driving south on the interstate with three children in her car when she became confused about where she was. In attempting to pull her 1985 Cadillac into a cross-over lane to look at her GPS, Bortz caused the wreck.

Bortz turned into the path of 57-year-old Dennis Mead of Waitsfield, VT who was driving a 2003 Honda Civic. Mead was driving with his daughter in the car at the time of the crash.

After colliding with the driver's side of Bortz's vehicle, Mead was hit by a 2001 Toyota truck driven by 61-year-old Terrence Arman of Waitsfield.

All three vehicles involved in the accident were heavily damaged. Only Bortz was injured in the crash, and was treated for minor injuries sustained at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, VT.

Police ticketed Bortz for making an illegal turn. However, given the severity of the accident she caused, more tickets may be issued once the investigation into the crash is finished.

Our thoughts are with all of those affected by this car accident. We urge Vermont and New Hampshire drivers to be aware of dangers on our interstates and major highways.


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