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MANCHESTER — A two-car crash on Sunday morning on Bonnet Street in Manchester injured both drivers, one seriously.

One driver, Katie Mason of Bennington, was flown to Albany Medical Center with what appeared to be serious injuries, police said.

According to Manchester Police Officer Ryan Matteson, police, fire and EMS first responders were summoned at 8:58 a.m. to Bonnet Street (Vermont Route 30) near Pig Pen Road.

Upon arrival, police and fire officials found two cars off the road: A blue Volvo station wagon, which had gone well off the road and into brush, and a silver Jeep sport utility vehicle, which had come to rest off the road just off the southbound lane of Bonnet Street.

Matteson said that according to the driver of the Volvo, Deborah Christmas of Manchester, was driving north on Bonnet Street when the Jeep pulled out of Pig Pen Road and into traffic.

The Volvo sustained extensive front end damage, while the Jeep, driven by Mason, took heavy driver-side damage, Matteson said.

“The force was great enough that it snapped the front driver-side tire off” on the Jeep, Matteson said. “There’s a gouge in the road where it snapped at the initial point of contact.”

Mason was trapped in the car, but was conscious, breathing and alert, Matteson said. Christmas was already out of her car when responders arrived, he said.

No citations have been issued and the accident is under investigation.

Anyone who has more information about the accident is asked to contact Manchester police.

Greg Sukiennik joined New England Newspapers as a reporter at The Berkshire Eagle in 1995. He worked for The AP in Boston, and at, before rejoining NENI in 2016. He was managing editor of all three NENI Vermont newspapers from 2017-19.


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