Two people were seriously injured in a head-on collision on Route 15 in Morristown Monday afternoon.
Two of the three drivers involved in the crash, Malcom Putvain, 18, of Wolcott and Rebekah Martin, 27, of Jeffersonville, were both severely injured. Both were in critical condition the day after the crash; by Wednesday Martin’s condition had been upgraded to serious.
The third driver, Dylan Perry, 17, of Hardwick, was unhurt.
The crash occurred on Route 15 just west of the Mountain View Snack Bar at about 4:30 p.m., police said. Putvain was driving east on Route 15, and Perry and Martin were headed west.
Evidence at the scene and eyewitness testimony indicate that Putvain’s 2000 Honda Civic crossed the center line, clipping Perry’s Ford Focus before hitting Martin’s 2012 Toyota Camry head-on, Morristown police said.
Emergency personnel had to extract both Martin and Putvain from their vehicles; both were rushed to Copley Hospital by ambulance, then airlifted by helicopter to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.
Police said both Martin and Putvain had surgery soon after they reached the hospital and were out by 10:30 Monday night. Both were in UVM’s intensive care unit, listed in critical condition on Tuesday. By press time Martin had been upgraded to serious condition.
The UVM Medical Center defines critical condition as “vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. ... Indicators are unfavorable.” Serious condition is defined as “Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable.”
Police confirmed after the crash that Martin was pregnant; according to a GoFundMe page (bit.ly/martingofundme) set up by family members, she was 36 weeks pregnant, and the unborn baby did not survive.
After the crash, Route 15 was closed down until after 10 p.m., and local traffic was detoured.
The Vermont State Police crash reconstruction team was called in to assist in the investigation. Morristown police, fire and emergency medical services departments responded, as did the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department, the Hyde Park and Wolcott fire departments and Northern Emergency Medical Services.
Police have not said yet what factors may have contributed to the crash.
Anyone who saw the crash and has not yet spoken to police is asked to call Morristown Police Detective Jason Luneau at 888-4211.