By LISA SCAGLIOTTI
A 23-year-old Hinesburg woman was unhurt in a three-vehicle chain-reaction crash near a railroad crossing last week on the Monkton Road in Ferrisburgh.
The accident happened just before 3 p.m. near the intersection with Burroughs Farm Road on Oct. 25, according to state police in New Haven.
Matthew Hawes, 33, of Vergennes, told police he was headed westbound on Monkton Road when he crested a hill and saw several vehicles stopped at a railroad crossing. “He slammed on his brakes, but rear-ended the vehicle in front of him,” according to the report from Trooper Adria Pickin.
Hawes crashed into a 2011 Kia Sportage driven by 48-year-old Delbert Bryant of Milan, N.H., police said. Bryant told police that before the crash, he also was driving west on Monkton Road and came upon vehicles stopped at the rail crossing.
“Bryant advised that he was able to come to a stop, but the vehicle traveling behind him rear-ended his vehicle, causing him to hit the vehicle in front of him,” Trooper Pickin explained in her report.
The third driver involved was 23-year-old Paige Howell of Hinesburg. She told police she slowed in time to stop for traffic but was hit from behind.
No injuries were reported in the crash. All drivers were wearing seatbelts and police said neither alcohol nor drugs contributed to the collision.
Hawes’ 2015 Toyota Tacoma sustained minor front-end damage; Bryant’s Kia had moderate rear-end damage; Howell’s 2015 Ford Escape sustained minor rear-end damage, according to police.
Pickin said that Hawes was issued a ticket for following too closely.
The ticket carries a fine of $220 and 3 points on the driver’s license.