ROCKINGHAM, Vt. — A driver from Western Massachusetts caused a two-car crash in the northbound lane of Interstate 91 in Rockingham, Vermont, on Friday afternoon, according to Vermont State Police investigators, who are seeking the whereabouts of a third vehicle that also may have been involved.
Police said 32-year-old Christopher Gonzalez, of Springfield, was driving a 2003 Mitsubishi Montero near Exit 6 in Rockingham shortly before 1 p.m., when he switched lanes and struck a 2014 Dodge Charger driven by 26-year-old Stephen Feola of, White River Junction, Vermont.
The impact of the collision caused Feola’s car to strike a guardrail, damaging the front fender and entire left side of his car, police said. Gonzalez’s car sustained only minor damage to the left rear fender, police said.
Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and were not injured in the accident, which remains under investigation. Road conditions were dry at the time and were not a factor in the crash, according to police.
Information from a witness and the drivers themselves indicated that Gonzalez made a “sudden lane change” to avoid a slow-moving vehicle trying to merge onto I-91 north at Exit 6, police said.
The small, red car stopped briefly after the crash, then left the scene. Anyone with information about the crash or the third vehicle is asked to call the Rockingham State Police barracks at 802-875-2112.