Vermont Woman Killed in Car-Van Accident

A Vermont woman was killed in a head-on collision between a car and a minivan. The accident occurred on Route 9 in Searsburg, on July 2, 2010.

Gloria Levine, an eighty-eight-year-old resident of West Dover, was traveling eastbound on Route 9 in Searsburg, when she suddenly veered into the westbound lane. Levine collided with a minivan traveling in the opposite direction.

Levine, who had to be extricated from her vehicle, was airlifted to Albany Medical Center. She was later pronounced dead as a result of the injuries she sustained in the wreck.

The driver of the minivan, seventy-three-year-old Katherine Griebel of Nashua, New Hampshire, also sustained serious injuries in the accident, and was listed briefly in critical condition at Albany Medical Center. Her condition has since been upgraded to serious. Her husband, Lewis Griebel, suffered only minor injuries in the crash.

Police are still unsure of the exact cause of the accident, but they suspect that Levine became drowsy or lost consciousness before swerving into the westbound lane. Neither alcohol nor prescription medicine is suspected to have played a part in the accident.

Traffic was backed up on Route 9 in Searsburg for hours after the wreck blocked a section of the road. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this serious Vermont car accident.

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