Minor injuries from Route 5 collision


WESTMINSTER — No students were aboard a Claremont, N.H., school van Tuesday morning when it was involved in a two-vehicle crash near Bellows Falls Union High School.

Vermont State Police responded to the two-vehicle crash at about 9 a.m. Upon arrival, Trooper Colin Shepley determined that the crash involved a van used to transport students, but there were no students in the van at the time of the crash.

Shepley determined Jasmine Gray-Jones, 27, Westminster, was traveling south in a 2005 Saab when she attempted to turn left into the Best Septic driveway, while Althea Garfield, 54, of Charlestown, N.H., was traveling north in a 2010 Dodge Caravan. The van was owned by the Claremont, N.H. school district and Garfield had been transporting special needs students, according to Pam Mley, transportation manager for the Claremont School District.

"No kids were hurt but the driver is hurt," Mley said at the scene, leaving to visit Garfield, and a passenger, who were in the van.

The van had "Claremont School District" written on the side and a School Bus sign and lights on the roof.

The accident took place a short distance from the Bellows Falls Union High School driveway and in front of Golden Cross Ambulance.

Gray-Jones told Shepley she believed she had enough time to make her turn, but there was not enough distance.

Minor injuries were reported. Garfield and a passenger in the van, Abby Tenney-Morris, 49, also of Charlestown, N.H., were transported to Springfield Hospital for treatment.

Shepley was assisted on the scene by the Bellows Falls Police Department, the Westminster Fire Department, Golden Cross Ambulance and Joe's Towing of Claremont, N.H.



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