Bradford man seriously injured after vehicle strikes telephone pole

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BRADFORD — A single-vehicle crash late Thursday night resulted in serious injuries for a local man when his car struck a telephone pole on Vermont Route 5.

At 1:16 a.m., Vermont State Police along with the Bradford Fire Department and Upper Valley Ambulance responded to an emergency call near Charles Field Road.

Jackson Metayer, 32, of Bradford, was found seriously injured after his 2023 Mazda CX-30 caught fire following the collision.

According to witnesses, an uninvolved motorist used a fire extinguisher on the flaming vehicle prior to the arrival of emergency services.

Rescuers quickly extricated Metayer from the wreckage, and he was transported to DHMC for treatment.

The initial investigation indicates that Metayer was driving northbound when his vehicle swerved across the center line, veered off the road, and collided with a fire hydrant before striking the telephone pole.

The Mazda was totaled in the incident.

With clear weather and normal road conditions reported, the cause of the crash is still under investigation by state troopers.

Traffic was temporarily affected in the area as the site was evaluated and documented.

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