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Former FBI director Freeh injured in car crash

August 26, 2014

BARNARD, Vermont (AP) — Former FBI director Louis Freeh sustained serious injuries in a single-car crash in Vermont, authorities said.

Police said Freeh was taken by helicopter to a New Hampshire hospital following the crash Monday in Barnard, a small town about 120 miles (193 kilometers) northwest of Boston.

Information about Freeh’s condition was not made public.

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, 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.

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

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