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Rescue squads respond to overturned truck

The Vermont State Police in Williston are investigating a single vehicle crash that occurred at 570 Charlotte Rd. in Hinesburg. The vehicle involved was a black, 2001 Ford F150 pickup truck, operated by Porschea Sweetser, age 19, of Hinesburg. The vehicle was also occupied at the time of the crash by a passenger, Chris Clark, age 20, of Hinesburg.

At the time of the crash the vehicle had been traveling east on Charlotte Road. In the area of 570 Charlotte Rd., the vehicle crossed the center line and entered the oncoming lane of traffic. The vehicle then left the westbound shoulder and struck a large rock formation. The vehicle overturned coming to rest in the roadway in front of 570 Charlotte Rd. The truck sustained heavy front end and collateral damage as a result of the crash.

The operator and passenger in the vehicle both sustained head injuries. The operator also sustained neck, leg and hip injuries. Both occupants were unrestrained at the time of the crash. Both occupants were transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care for evaluation. Both occupants were evaluated and later released.

Investigation determined that alcohol was a factor in this crash. Sweetser was charged with DUI-Refusal and Resisting Arrest. Sweetser was on probation at the time of this offense for previous alcohol related offenses. Sweetser's license was also suspended at the time of the crash. Additional charges are forthcoming, pending completion of this investigation.

Emergency crews from the Hinesburg Fire Department & First Response, Saint Michael's Rescue & Charlotte Rescue assisted at the scene.

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