Crash slows Spear St. traffic

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Shelburne first responders work to clear Spear Street Monday after a two-car crash near the Fisher Brothers Farm. The Subaru pictured was totaled but its driver suffered only minor injuries. A Shelburne woman driving the other vehicle was unhurt.

No one was seriously injured in a two-car accident that slowed traffic to a crawl on Spear Street during the Monday late-day commute, Shelburne police said.

The accident happened at about 4:45 p.m. near the Fisher Brothers Farm on Spear Street. Shelburne

Police, Fire and Rescue crews responded to the scene where one car had left the road and travelled down an embankment into a marshy area, police said.
Police determined that the accident happened when Ghita Orth, age 80 of Shelburne, was heading south on Spear in her Honda Accord and she crossed the center line into the path of a northbound vehicle. The second car, a Subaru Imprezza, was driven by Joel Wolter, age 27 of Hampton, N.H., police said.

Orth’s Honda went off the road and down the bank, police said.

Traffic was limited to using just one lane while responders tended to the drivers and removed the damaged vehicles, police explained. Wolter’s car was a total loss, police added.

Wolter was transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Orth was evaluated by the Shelburne Rescue crew on the scene and declined transport to the hospital.

Police said that both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident and that neither speed nor alcohol appeared to be factors in this crash. The accident is under investigation, police noted.

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