Sleeping woman breaks legs in Cavendish crashFebruary 05,2014CAVENDISH — A 20-year-old Springfield woman received serious injuries early Tuesday morning after she fell asleep in her car and proceeded to hit a tree.
Brandi Pelkey called 911 shortly after 4 a.m. to report her vehicle had crashed into a tree on Depot Street, Vermont State Police Trooper Nicholas Arlington reported.
Responders needed more than an hour to extract the driver. Pelkey, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, broke her legs and received severe lower body injuries, although authorities deemed none life-threatening. She was taken by helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.
Her 1996 Geo Prizm received heavy front-end damage and was destroyed.
Investigation revealed that Pelkey was traveling south on Route 103 when she fell asleep, Arlington said. Her vehicle left the roads, traveled down a slight embankment and struck the tree.MORE IN This Just InBy George V. Nostrand Full Story
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