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Freeh Seriously Injured in Crash While Traveling in Vermont

by on August 26, 2014 9:34 AM

Louis Freeh, former FBI director and independent investigator who played a large role the Penn State-Jerry Sandusky scandal, was seriously hurt in a one-vehicle crash according to Vermont State Police.

The crash happened about 12:15 p.m. Monday in Barnard, Vt.

Freeh, 64, of Wilmington, Delaware transported by helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.

Authorities say Freeh was traveling south on Vermont Route 12 in his SUV when he went off the roadway, hit a mail box and a row of shrubs before coming to rest at the side of a tree.

Police say Freeh was wearing his seat belt.

The preliminary investigation indicates that drugs and alcohol were not factors in the crash; however the cause of the crash remains under investigation pending additional interviews, police say. The cause of the crash is pending further investigation.

Penn State hired Freeh, former FBI director, to investigate the handling of the Sandusky scandal. In his report, Freeh says former Penn State President Graham Spanier and others, "repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky's child sexual abuse from the authorities, [PSU's] Board of Trustees, the Penn State community and the public at large."

Spanier is suing Freeh for defamation. Spanier, along with former Penn State administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, are currently awaiting trial for criminal allegations related to an alleged cover up of the Sandusky scandal.

In 2012, a jury found Sandusky guilty of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and a judge sentenced him to 30 to 60 years in state prison.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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