Minor injuries from Route 5 collision involving school van

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WESTMINSTER — A Route 5 collision initially thought to involve a school bus prompted a response from Vermont State Police Tuesday morning.

Police responded to the two-vehicle crash at about 9 a.m. Upon arrival, Trooper Colin Shepley determined there wasn't actually a school bus, but a van used to transport students. Shepley learned that at the time of the crash, there were no students in the van.

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

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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