Cause of Vermont crash that injured Louis Freeh under investigation

Louis J. Freeh , former FBI director, headed a Delaware law firm that became part of Center City's Pepper Hamilton L.L.P. (William Thomas Cain / Getty Images)

Former FBI director Louis Freeh, now chairman of the Center City law firm Pepper Hamilton, was seriously injured Monday in the town of Barnard Vermont when the SUV he was driving swerved off the road and collided with a tree.

Vermont State police responded to the scene at 12:16 p.m. and Freeh was taken by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire for treatment. There were no other injuries, police said.

Stephanie Brackin-Dasaro, a police spokeswoman, said the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Freeh, a former federal judge, was traveling south on Vermont Route 12 in his 2010 gray GMC Yukon when the vehicle swerved off the east side of the road, striking a mailbox and coming to rest against a tree. The vehicle appears to have rolled at least once. The police said that Freeh, who has a summer home in Barnard, had been wearing a seat belt.

Pictures of the crash scene published in a local newspaper show a wrecked vehicle, with the top of the passenger compartment removed from the body of the car. Pepper Hamilton issued a brief statement Tuesday morning confirming that Freeh had been seriously injured in a car crash but offering few other details. Dartmouth-Hitchcock, meantime, did not respond to a request for information on Freeh's condition.

"We learned last evening that Judge Louis J. Freeh . . . was seriously injured in a car crash in Vermont yesterday," the statement said in part. "We have no further details on his condition. Our primary concern is for Judge Freeh's full and quick recovery."