Vt. man dies when car plummets into Sherman Reservoir

Recorder Staff
Sunday, December 31, 2017

WHITINGHAM, Vt. — A Readsboro, Vt., man died early Saturday morning when his car plummeted into the Sherman Reservoir on the Vermont-Massachusetts border.

According to a press release from the Vermont State Police, Nelson Rix, 61, of Readsboro, Vt., was found dead when first responders removed the 2002 Volvo V70 from the water.

At approximately 9:09 a.m., the Vermont State Police Westminster barracks received a report of a submerged vehicle near Tunnel Street on the west side of the reservoir, according to police. Upon arrival, only a portion of the rear of the vehicle was still above water.

Police believe Rix was traveling north on Tunnel Street when he failed to maintain his lane, traveling to the right and off the road. The Volvo traveled through trees, down the embankment, and into the Sherman Reservoir. Rix was not wearing a seat belt, according to police.

Readsboro and Whitingham fire departments, as well as North Adams Ambulance Service, were also dispatched. Members of the Brattleboro Dive Team provided assistance.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-722-4600.