Two-car accident closes 22A

BRIDPORT/SHOREHAM— Vermont State Police closed a section of Route 22A in Bridport near the Shoreham town line on Monday evening due to a two-car, head-on crash.
On July 28 at a few minutes past 9 p.m. troopers responded to a report of the crash. State police said their investigation showed that Matthew Safford, 19, of Argyle, N.Y., was driving southbound on Route 22A when his vehicle crossed the double yellow line and collided with a vehicle driven by David A. Barker, 55 of Burlington. The crash caused extensive damage to both vehicles, with Safford’s vehicle called a total loss.
Barker and his two occupants were able to walk away from the crash, however, they were taken to Porter Hospital in Middlebury for precautionary reasons.
Safford’s car was so badly damaged that he had to be extricated from his vehicle by personnel from the Shoreham and Bridport fire departments.
Safford was taken to Porter Hospital with serious injuries. It was later learned that Safford suffered several broken bones.
At this time there is no indication that alcohol played a factor in the crash. Police described the weather as rainy and the road conditions as wet.

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