Tuesday November 27, 2012

BENNINGTON -- Police said an accident Sunday in the vicinity of the Apple Barn occurred after the operator swerved to avoid another vehicle that had crossed the center line. While the occupants of the vehicle were transported to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, police said all injuries were considered minor, including a child who was not properly restrained at the time of the crash.

In a written release, police said the incident was reported at about 4 p.m. Sunday, along Route 7 south of Bennington. Authorities said their investigation led them to believe the accident occurred after a northbound 2002 Chevrolet truck initially crossed the center line. The driver of that truck, Shawn Gerow, 43, of Pownal, reported to police he had become distracted by something that caught his eye to the right shoulder of the road, causing him to briefly enter the other lane.

Police said Susan Marshall, 42, of Adams, Mass., was driving south at the time and, to avoid a head-on collision, swerved to the right to avoid Gerow’s truck. Marshall avoided the collision but lost control of her vehicle, a 1998 Ford Explorer which swerved back to the left off the road, causing the SUV to roll over.

Members of the Bennington Police, Bennington Rural Fire and Bennington Rescue responded to the scene.

Police said Marshall was ticketed for failure to use a child restraint system for a small child riding along at the time of the accident, even through the child’s safety seat was inside the vehicle. Police did not report any citations for Gerow.

Temperatures were near-freezing at the time the incident occurred Sunday, and traffic was shut down for approximately 80 minutes while the scene was cleared.

-- Zeke Wright