Police say passenger sustained "non-life threatening" injuries
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT - A rear-end collision right at the new set of traffic lights in front of the LISTEN Center sent one passenger to the hospital Thursday afternoon with what were believed to be minor head and neck injuries.
The 3 p.m. accident occurred on western end the Bridge Street Bridge just a few feet from the state line separating Vermont and New Hampshire so the accident was investigated by the Lebanon Police Department even though the first responders came from Hartford since both cars ended up pulling onto nearby Prospect Street which runs alongside the Connecticut River.
Driver James Raleigh, left, was not hurt in the collision
Driver James Raleigh of White River Junction, who was quite shaken by the incident, said a sudden light change led him to rear-end a larger car driven by Dennis Cogan as they were both approaching the lights at the intersection of Maple and Prospect Streets coming from the New Hampshire side.
"I had my fishing pole and I was going to go fishing," Raleigh explained as he sat on a park bench next to his totaled Corolla. "I was about a car length behind him and I glanced at the river and back and the light had changed. It happened so quick, obviously I didn't have time to stop," Raleigh said, wiping his eyes.
Lebanon Police Sgt. Brady Harwood said the slow-speed crash was a straightforward accident with nothing untoward involved and he said that no criminal charges or tickets were likely to issue as a result.
Lebanon Police Sgt. Brady Harwood photographs the damaged cars
Hartford firefighters treated the passenger from the vehicle that was struck from behind.
Firefighters put down absorbent material to soak up spilled radiator fluid.
Hartford Police Officer Logan Scelza assisted at the scene on Prospect Street.
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