Updated: 08-26-2003 10:39:55 AM

Vermont EMS Accident Kills One

Courtesy of The Caledonian-Record News
St. Johnsbury, Vermont

BARTON VT- The president of the Barton Emergency Medical Services died in the line of duty last night.

Marjorie Brooks, 73, of Glover, responded with her EMS colleague, Clarence Moore, 49, of Barton, to a motor vehicle accident near the Rainbow Farm on Route 16 in Barton a little before 9 p.m.

Moore was operating the Barton emergency 1998 Ford Explorer heading north to the accident on route 16 when he neared the driveway of 1015 Willoughby Lake Road and lost control of the vehicle. The Explorer then went off the eastern side of the road and rolled and tumbled several times.

Brooks was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the rolling vehicle.

Meanwhile, Moore remained trapped in the vehicle as it came to rest on the passenger side.

Brooks died as a result of the accident.

Moore suffered injuries to his back and shoulder. He was taken to North Country Hospital in Newport and was reported in good condition this morning.

Brooks was captain and president of the Barton Emergency Medical Services and had served on the squad for over 25 years. She was planning to retire in September, according to EMS member Mike Sheldon of Barton. Her son, Phil Brooks, is the secretary-treasurer of the Barton EMS. Moore is vice president of the squad.

Barton Ambulance, Orleans Fire Department and Glover Ambulance responded to the scene.

State police are still investigating the accident to determine the cause of the fatal. Anyone having information about the accident or who was on Route 16 about the time of the accident should call police at 802-334-8881.