Friday March 1, 2013

VERNON -- No one was seriously injured during a single vehicle accident this morning on Interstate 91, where a 12 passenger Ford EC3 van transporting a college team slid on some black ice and left the roadway, and police are crediting seat belts with potentially saving lives.

The Vermont State Police this morning responded to the accident scene at mile marker 5 at about 7:15. After an investigation, it was determined that the vehicle hit some black ice and began to rotate in a clockwise manner, leaving the west side of the southbound lanes. The front of the van struck an embankment which caused it to roll.

The vehicle was transporting eight students from Dartmouth College from Hanover, N.H., to Axton, Va., for an ultimate Frisbee tournament.

"All of the vehicle's eight occupants were seatbelted," according to police, "and no one was injured. They were all able to self-extricate from the vehicle. ... Given the dynamics of the crash, it is clear that seatbelts prevented this crash from being a multiple injury or multiple fatality crash."

One occupant was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital by Rescue Inc for an anxiety issue which resulted from the crash.

Guilford Fire Department assisted at the scene.

No tickets were issued.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the day, time of the crash.


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