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Former FBI Director Louis Freeh Seriously Injured In Vermont Car Crash

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES:  Former US FBI Director Louis Freeh makes an opening statement before before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, investigating the 11 September, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, 13 April, 2004 on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. The independent commission is turning its focus on the FBI and Justice Department, with commission members seeking to determine what law enforcement officials did when confronted with the rising threat of an Al-Qaeda attack.   AFP PHOTO / TIM SLOAN  (credit: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES: Former US FBI Director Louis Freeh makes an opening statement before before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, investigating the 11 September, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, 13 April, 2004 on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. The independent commission is turning its focus on the FBI and Justice Department, with commission members seeking to determine what law enforcement officials did when confronted with the rising threat of an Al-Qaeda attack. AFP PHOTO / TIM SLOAN (credit: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

BARNARD, Vt. (AP) — Former FBI director Louis Freeh was seriously injured in a single-car crash in Vermont, authorities said.

State police said Freeh was taken by helicopter to a New Hampshire hospital following the crash Monday in Barnard, a small town about 120 miles northwest of Boston.

Information about Freeh’s condition was not made public. His name was not on a list for which patient information was available, according to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Freeh apparently drove his SUV off the road shortly after noon and struck a mailbox and a row of shrubs before coming to a stop on the side of a tree, state police said. He was wearing his seatbelt.

Police said Tuesday a preliminary investigation indicated that drugs and alcohol were not factors in the crash. The investigation is continuing. No one else was hurt.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire FBI remain with former Director Freeh and his family tonight,” FBI Director James Comey said in a statement Monday.

Freeh, 64, was a federal judge in New York before serving as FBI director from 1993 to 2001. He previously served six years as a special agent. He founded his consulting firm, Freeh Group International Solutions LLC, in 2007.

In 2011, Penn State hired Freeh to examine the handling of child sex abuse complaints involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky and to recommend changes aimed at preventing abuse.

Following an eight-month, $6.5 million investigation, Freeh issued a blistering report contending that legendary head football coach Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials concealed what they knew about Sandusky’s sexual abuse of children for more than a decade ago to avoid bad publicity.

Sandusky was convicted in June 2012 on 45 criminal counts.

Freeh also has handled other high profile matters, including a bribery case involving the presidential election within FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, and a review of the financial settlement program for Gulf Coast residents affected by the BP oil spill.

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