NY man injured in Route 7 crash

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MANCHESTER — A New York man was injured in a crash July 31 when his minivan went off Route 7 and crashed onto East Manchester Road below.

The driver was a 52-year-old man from Bainbridge, New York, according to Manchester police and fire department officials. There were no passengers.

The driver told police that he fell asleep while driving. Witnesses said the driver had been having issues maintaining his lane for a while and first responders found indications that he may have had a health issue, but were not sure whether it contributed to the crash or not.

The official cause of the crash had not yet been determined.

Detective Thomas Crowe of the Manchester Police Department said the Kia minivan the man was driving was headed southbound on Route 7 when it left the road.

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Crowe said the van passed the Manchester exit, but then veered off the pavement on the west side of the highway and continued traveling parallel to the road driving on the outside of the guardrails at the overpass before launching off the overpass onto East Manchester Road.

Jimmy Green, first assistant chief of the Manchester Fire Department said the department's rescue captain was first on scene and reported the driver was trapped in the van, which suffered heavy front-end damage and roof damage.

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"When I got on scene they had gotten the driver's door open," Green said.

Northshire Rescue canceled a rescue helicopter that had been put on standby, which is standard protocol for any serious crash, and transported the man to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for treatment.

Officials on the scene said the man had suffered an injury to his head.

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"He was very lucky he had his seatbelt on," Green said.

East Manchester Road was closed for a while as the scene was cleaned up.

Cpl. Christopher Mason of the Manchester Police Department is handling the investigation.

Drivers are reminded to yield the right-of-way to emergency vehicles

Contact Darren Marcy at dmarcy@manchesterjournal.com or by cell at 802-681-6534.


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