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4 injured in 2 separate crashes minutes apart

By Jason Rowe
Journal Inquirer
March 8, 2006

VERNON - Four people were taken to area hospitals Tuesday morning after two separate car crashes.

The first crash occurred shortly before 11:20 a.m. on Kelly Road near the Vernon Village mobile home park when a Honda sport utility vehicle driven by a 58-year-old man pulled in front of a westbound Nissan Maxima driven by an 18-year-old man.

The Nissan collided with the Honda in a "t-bone" manner, causing heavy damage to both vehicles and injuring both drivers, police said.

The identities of both drivers was not available Wednesday.

The 58-year-old man was taken by ambulance to Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford while the 18-year-old man was taken by ambulance to Hartford Hospital, police said.

Both men were reported to be in stable condition Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Police ask anyone who might have witnessed the accident to call Officer Kevin Slater at 872-9126.

About 45 minutes later, there was a one-car crash on Box Mountain Road shortly before noon.

Police said a westbound car, driven by Kendra Fisher, 17, of 274 Metcalf Road in Tolland went out of control on a curve, skidded off the south side of the roadway, struck a guard rail, went over an embankment, and came to a rest against some trees.

Both Fisher and a passenger, Stephen Petrin, 17, of 203 Box Mountain Drive were taken by ambulance to Rockville General Hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Fisher was issued a written warning for traveling unreasonably fast, police said.

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