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Snow, Ice Cause Accidents


SALISBURY— The first real snow of the season was blamed for four major accidents Tuesday morning, Dec. 5.

At about 7:30 a.m., Kelly Wheeler, 48, of Walton, N.Y., lost control of a Dodge Caravan on Route 44 near Bostwick Street in Lakeville. She hit a wooden fence at 299 Main St., on property owned by Virginia Rosen. Wheeler was not injured. The minivan is owned by Becton-Dickinson in Canaan.

At about 8:30 a.m., Danbury resident Wilson Zhombani, 18, was driving an Isuzu pickup truck west on Route 112 in Lime Rock. At the intersection of Wells Hill Road, he lost control on a patch of ice. The truck rolled onto the driver’s side, landing off the westbound shoulder. Traffic was tied up for some time. Zhombani was not injured. He was charged with traveling too fast for conditions and operating without a license. The truck is registered to Luis Armijos of Stoneham, Mass.

Later that morning, as snow continued to fall and accumulate sporadically around the area, State Line Road in Salisbury was the site of two accidents.

Anne Banks, 52, of Hillsdale, N.Y., was driving her Subaru east on State Line Road when she stopped for a hazard in the road. Driving behind her, Taryn Cocheo, 27, of Brooklyn N.Y., was unable to stop her Honda on the snowy road. She hit the car of Banks, who suffered a minor injury.

A short time later, William Morin, 55, of Suffield lost control of his Jeep Liberty on State Line Road. The Jeep hit a pole. Morin was not injured. Resident State Trooper Mark Lauretano investigated all of the accidents.

Charges were not listed in any of the cases except the Zhombani accident. Lauretano was unavailable for comment by press time.

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