• No one injured in two-vehicle Shaftsbury crash
    November 18,2012
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    SHAFTSBURY — No one was injured in a two-vehicle crash in front of Paulin’s Store in Shaftsbury on Friday, but a local man was given a written warning for his part in it, according to the Vermont State Police.

    Police said Robert Bourn Jr., 65, of Shaftsbury, was pulling into the southbound lane of Route 7A from Paulin’s parking lot in his 2000 Ford pickup on Friday around 2:30 p.m. when he collided with a 2006 Ford Fusion driven by Rose Washburn, 76, of Cambridge, N.Y.

    Bourn told police he was distracted by other vehicles parked in the parking lot along the roadway edge and did not see Washburn’s car until it was too late. Washburn, who was traveling north, could not avoid colliding with Bourn’s truck, police said.

    Both drivers were wearing seat belts and there were no injuries as a result of the crash.

    Police said Bourn was found to be at fault for the crash and was issued a written warning for failure to safely enter onto a roadway. Parked vehicles at the Paulin’s Store were also a contributing factor in the crash, police added.

    The Bennington County Sheriff’s Department assisted on scene with traffic control.
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