Five Local Teens Injured, One Critically, in Orleans County Crash Overnight

Vermont State Police say five Franklin County Teens were involved in a crash on Route 105 in Jay overnight, with one of those teens facing life-threatening injuries.

The driver, a 17-year-old from St. Albans which police would not identify, was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe when the crash occurred, just before 1am, according to Trooper Logan Miller of the Derby State Police Barracks.

Three of the four passengers in the vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries, but police did not release any of their names.

They include a 17-year-old from Sheldon, and two 16-year-olds from St. Albans, the trooper said.

One of the passengers, a 17-year-old St. Albans resident was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with life-threatening injuries police said. That teen was described as being in “critical condition” at the time of transport by helicopter.

The 17 year old driver was extricated from the vehicle with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Trooper.

The crash happened just over the apex of the mountain on Route 105 on the Jay side of the Mountain.

Vermont State Police, under the direction of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Schirling, part of the Phil Scott Administration, recently reversed decades of transparency within the State Police when he ordered Troopers last September to withhold names of juveniles and young adults involved in car crashes, crimes, abductions, and missing person cases.

Police did say that the 17-year-old driver would be facing charges in family court in Orleans County for the charges of Grossly Negligent Operation as well as DUI-Drugs. The driver is due in court on September 13th to answer those charges.