Charlotte Rescue helps free trapped teens after car hits tree, rolls, lands on ice

A Charlotte Rescue assisted at a one-car nighttime accident in Ferrisburgh that left two injured Addison County teenagers trapped in a Subaru on ice, according to state police.

The accident happened just after 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, near the fishing access on Hawkins Road in Ferrisburgh, state police Cpl. Michelle LeBlanc of the New Haven barracks explained in a news release.

Police found the 2002 Subaru Impreza driven by 17-year-old Maranda Aunchman, of Vergennes, on a frozen waterway along Hawkins Road with Aunchman and her passenger, Averi Salley, 16 of Ferrisburgh, trapped inside.

LeBlanc said police determined that Aunchman failed to negotiate a curve near the fishing access and lost control of the car, which went off the right side of roadway, hit a tree, and rolled onto its side on ice.

Neither teen was wearing a seat belt, police said, and the Subaru was totaled.

Charlotte Rescue assisted Vergennes Fire and Rescue crews to remove the girls from the vehicle. Both suffered leg injuries and were taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center. Aunchman was still in the hospital Wednesday listed in good condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman. There was no record of Salley being admitted, the spokeswoman said.

The weather at the time of the crash was clear and cold and the road was dry, the police news release noted. The crash is still under investigation, according to the police report.

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