Teens escape injury in crash


POWNAL — Several juveniles escaped injury after the sport utility vehicle they were riding in struck a telephone pole early Tuesday morning.

The vehicle was taken without permission from one of the teenager's parents, according to Vermont State Police. Speed is suspected to be a factor and criminal charges are pending.

Police responded to a reported single-car crash on Northwest Hill Road near Poor Man's Road at about 2:08 a.m., Trooper Justin Walker said in a news release.

Police spoke with a 15-year-old girl from Massachusetts who was driving the SUV and several juveniles aged 15 and 16, two of whom were in the vehicle when it crashed.

The driver maneuvered to allow another vehicle to pass in the opposite direction when she went off the side of the road and lost control of the vehicle, Walker said.

The 2010 Nissan Rogue received damage to its front bumper, grill and engine compartment and had to be towed from the scene.

The juveniles' identities were not released. Police said they face criminal charges including negligent operation, aggravated operation of motor vehicle without owner's consent and accessory before the fact. The Bennington County State's Attorney office is reviewing the case and will determine in which court the juveniles will be arraigned.


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