By Eric Francis, Standard Correspondent
HARTLAND — Alcohol appears to have been a contributing factor in a crash Tuesday evening that sent a teenage driver from Hartland and his two passengers to the hospital, according to the state police.
Benjamin Fisher, 16, suffered facial lacerations and a broken hip after he lost control of his 2007 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck and struck a tree beside Brothers Road around 8:30 p.m.
Fisher’s front seat passenger and a minor in the backseat were also sustained lacerations and were taken to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment.
“We had a good fire and rescue response. We transported all three patients using two ambulances out of Windsor,” said Hartland Fire Chief John Sanders, adding that despite initial reports that one of the occupants had been knocked unconscious, which had led to a medical helicopter being placed on standby to fly, none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
Vermont State Police Trooper Daniel Hall said Thursday that the crash remains under investigation and so far no charges have been filed but he noted “it appears alcohol was a contributing factor.”