A dangerous day Friday for Vermont drivers. Police and fire crews in Chittenden and Franklin counties had their hands full responding to several crashes.
The first happened in Swanton around noon. Fire crews say an elderly man crashed his car into the public library on First Street. The force knocked out bricks and damaged the building's foundation.
"There was some structural damage to the library, mostly external. Nothing inside," explained Asst. Chief Travis Greeno, Swanton Fire Department.
Authorities are investigating whether the man suffered a medical episode or confused the gas and brake pedals. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
In St. Albans town, fire crews were called to a home on the corner of Route 105 and Fisher Pond Road. A minivan in the driveway had burst into flames. The fire had jumped to the roof of the farmhouse. But firefighters arrived in the nick of time.
"They found a garden hose and started putting water on the structure itself saving the structure," said Chief Harold Cross, St. Albans Fire Department.
Fire officials say the blaze started near the van's engine and was likely sparked by an electrical issue. No one was injured.
Traffic was backed up for miles on Interstate 89 near Milton after a harrowing two car crash. Police say a blue Saab driven by 51-year-old William Coseo was speeding and smashed into 38-year-old Chad Duprey's Chevy Cavalier. The Cavalier landed on its roof in the northbound shoulder. But Coseo's car crossed the median, the southbound lanes before landing in a steep embankment.
"The operators of both vehicles were transported to the hospital at this point in time. The exact extent of their injuries is not known but they do not appear to be life threatening," explained Trooper Mark Magnant, Vermont State Police.
Police say alcohol also appears to have played a role in the crash and criminal charges are likely.
In Shelburne a four car pile up triggered traffic delays on Route 7. The crash happened across from the Shelburne Museum. Police say the driver of one of the cars looked back and rear-ended the vehicle in front of her.
"All the vehicles were traveling northbound. The last vehicle in line had the distracted driver, she hit the vehicle in front of her and caused the chain reaction up the line," explained Cpl. Jon Marcoux, Shelburne Police Department.
She and another driver were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.