Police respond to weather-related crashes

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BENNINGTON— Local law enforcement and first responders had a busy Wednesday responding to weather-related crashes as a winter storm caused slick roads and difficult driving conditions throughout the county.

Bennington County was issued a winter storm warning that lasted from Wednesday morning until Thursday at 7 a.m. The warning cautioned Bennington and Windham County residents of heavy snow accumulating 6 to 12 inches and wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour. It also warned motorists to plan on slippery road conditions that could impact morning and evening commutes.

A three-vehicle crash around 7:38 a.m. snarled traffic on Route 7 in Pownal in the area of Pine Tree Hill Road, according to a Facebook post by the Pownal Fire Department. The front end of a Toyota Prius was pinned underneath a Toyota 4Runner off the road. It was not immediately clear how the other vehicle was involved or what type of vehicle it was.

The Pownal and Pownal Valley Fire Departments responded to this crash, as well as the Bennington Village Fire Department.

The Bennington County Sheriff's Department, which responded to this incident, did not respond to give additional information before press time, so the extent of injuries sustained is unknown.

Minor injuries were sustained in a 2:40 p.m. crash in the area of Carpenter Hill Road, stated the Pownal Fire Department in another Facebook post. No additional information was available as of press time.

— Staff Report

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