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September 4, 2016

Press Release

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE
MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH
               
CASE#: 16A204496
TROOPER: Weed                                                           
STATION: St. Albans                  
CONTACT#: 524-5993

DATE/TIME: 09.04.16 @ 1858 hours
LOCATION: Mile marker 124 I-89 N

VEHICLE #1
OPERATOR: Cristian Ardelean
AGE: 23
SEAT BELT? Y
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Quebec CA

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: Silver 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Totaled – damage to all sides


INJURIES
V # 1 / NAME Issoufou, Saratou / STATE OF RESIDENCE Quebec CA/ AGE  23/ SEAT BELT? Y / NATURE OF INJURY Transported to Northwest Medical Center; Injured hand

V # 1 / NAME Ghaddar, Ayah / STATE OF RESIDENCE Quebec CA/ AGE  23/ SEAT BELT? N / NATURE OF INJURY Transported to Northwest Medical Center; Injuries currently unknown – not life threatening.

V # 1 / NAME Ardelean, Cristian / STATE OF RESIDENCE Quebec CA/ AGE  23/ SEAT BELT? Y / NATURE OF INJURY Transported to Northwest Medical Center; No injuries.

HOSPITAL: NWMC          
WEATHER: Clear
ROAD COND: Straight – level

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

On 09.04.16 at approximately 1858 hours Vermont State Police Responded to a motor vehicle crash involving a single vehicle.

Being the first on scene, the Border Patrol delivered medical aid to the passengers while waiting for medical services to arrive. Those on scene were the US Border Patrol, Highgate Fire Department, AmCare EMS, and The Vermont State Police. During this time I-89 was shut down for approximately 40 minutes.

The vehicle, 2007 Silver Mitsubishi Eclipse, involved was driven by Cristian Ardelean, 23 of Quebec CA. Ardelean was transported to Northwestern Medical Center along with other occupants of the vehicle. Ardelean had no injuries. There were two other occupants in the vehicle, both of them sustaining non-life threatening injuries.

The operator of the vehicle was unable to maintain control of the vehicle and travelled off the highway. The vehicle slid sideways, struck a tree, and turned on the passenger’s side ejecting one passenger. The remaining occupants exited the vehicle and it subsequently erupted in flames. The Highgate Fire Department arrived on scene and was able to extinguish the fire. The investigation is still currently ongoing.