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Four injured in bus-truck crash

MIDDLEBURY — Four people were injured when a farm vehicle slammed into an Addison County Transit Resources bus on Route 7 near Middlebury Beef Supply on Tuesday morning.
The crash resulted in Middlebury police closing Route 7 to traffic for more than five hours.
Police said their investigation showed that a Nop Brothers Farm dump truck driven by Donald Mason, 58, of Middlebury, was traveling north on Route 7 when it collided with the driver’s side of an ACTR bus — operated by 59-year-old Cornwall resident Vaughn Berno — that was leaving the Middlebury Beef parking lot, turning left onto Route 7 South. The truck pushed the ACTR bus off the west side of the roadway, coming to rest down a slight embankment, according to police.
Sarah Banerji, age unknown at this time, of Middlebury was a passenger of the bus and became entrapped beneath the bus, police said.
Michael Ouellette, 53, of Fair Haven, was also riding in the bus at the time, according to authorities. Both drivers and both bus passengers were taken to Porter Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries, according to police. Ouellette was subsequently transferred to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, police said. UVM Medical Center could not provide Banerji’s condition on Thursday afternoon.
Other agencies responding to the scene included the Middlebury Regional EMS ambulance and the Middlebury Fire Department, according to police. A Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles enforcement team was also present and is assisting Middlebury police with the investigation.

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