By Mike Donoghue
CHARLOTTE — Traffic on U.S. 7 north of Ferry Road was disrupted for about two hours following a head-on crash that demolished two cars and sent four people to the University of Vermont Medical Center on Friday afternoon, Vermont State Police said.
They remained in the hospital Wednesday in good condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Catalina Vizcarra, 54, of Charlotte, was southbound on U.S. 7 in the area of Horsford’s Nursery when her 2009 Volvo crossed the center line about 3:35 p.m., state police said.
Tobias Nadell, 18, of Charlotte, was northbound in a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder and was unable to avoid the head-on crash, said Trooper Justin Wagner.
Rob Mullin, Assistant Chief of the Charlotte Fire & Rescue Services, said both vehicles had severe damage and multiple passengers suffered injuries. Mullin said the severity of the damage made it necessary for rescue workers to remove the doors, roof and dash of one vehicle in order to free the driver.
Vizcarra and Nadell, who were both wearing seatbelts, were taken to University of Vermont Medical Center. Also transported were Nadell’s two passengers, Brooke Nadell, 48, and Caleb Nadell, 14, both of Charlotte, state police said. The four were treated for what police called “non-incapacitating injuries.”
Motorists using U.S. 7 were re-routed around the accident site for two hours while public safety crews investigated the crash and treated the injured.
Drugs and/or alcohol did not appear to be factors in the crash, police said.
In a prepared statement, Mullin credited seat belts with potentially saving lives. “These vehicles collided at a high speed. Without the use of seat belts, these injuries would have been much more serious, if not fatality resulting,” he said. Note: Citizen staff contributed to this report.