Bellows Falls hunter accidentally shoots herself with rifle

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Eric Francis

DANBY, VT - A hunter from Bellows Falls accidentally shot herself in the abdomen with a deer rifle over the noon hour on Sunday as she was returning to a residence on Route 7 after having spent the morning hunting in the western part of the state.

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    Linda Alexander, 46, was airlifted by medical helicopter to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire and is expected to make a full recovery, according to a statement released by Detective Trooper Seth Richardson of the Vermont State Police Rutland Barracks.                                            

    The detective said that Alexander was attempting to transfer a hunting rifle from her pickup truck to a nearby camper when "she grasped the muzzle end of the rifle, which was sitting on the back seat of her truck, and began removing it."
    "Upon manipulating the rifle, it discharged and struck Alexander in the abdomen," the detective wrote, noting, "It appears a buckle from a clothing article was entangled in the trigger guard.  When Alexander moved the rifle, the buckle came in contact with the trigger mechanism."    
    Vermont State Police troopers were assisted on scene by the Danby Volunteer Fire Department and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. 

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