- Associated Press - Sunday, June 21, 2015

THETFORD, Vt. (AP) - Vermont state police say two people were injured when one car slowed to avoid hitting a deer and was rear-ended by a car behind him.

It was the fourth deer-related accident reported by Vermont state police in a three-day period.

Police say 54-year-old Robert Savell of Orford, New Hampshire, slowed to about 30 m.p.h. on Interstate 91 in Thetford Saturday afternoon to avoid a deer crossing the highway.

He was rear-ended by a car driven by 25-year-old Stephen Sturtevant of Hartland, Vermont. Savell’s car was forced off the highway into an embankment and overturned. Police say distracted driving by Sturtevant caused the accident.

A woman in Sturtevant’s car and a 15-year-old boy in Savell’s car were transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment.

Police say both vehicles were totaled.

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