Multi-car crash prompts traffic delays

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Vermont State Police said a five-car crash temporarily closed two lanes on the Winooski River Bridge on Monday after a Vermont man, distracted with his food and coffee, crashed into two motor vehicles, setting off a chain reaction.

Thirty-three-year-old James Austin of Sheldon was issued a civil violation for unreasonable and imprudent speed for conditions and hazards. The crash is still under investigation by the VSP.

Two Colchester residents were involved in the crash. The second vehicle struck was operated by Michelle Marchand, 30, of Colchester, whose vehicle was forced into a silver 2012 Chevrolet Equinox driven by another Colchester resident. Elena Maynard, 22, police said.

Traffic was backed up for several miles while the bridge was cleared, delaying morning commuters, VSP said.

Two of the drivers and two occupants were transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.