Vermont Mental Health Center Says It Wasn’t Contacted After Crashes

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A mental health center is disputing it was contacted after several wrong-way crashes that killed five teens.

Police say the man charged in the crashes visited a hospital three times hours before the crashes earlier this month, and the Howard Center was called.

Police did not say who contacted the mental health center, however, the Howard Center says it was never contacted.

A spokesman for the University of Vermont Medical Center says the hospital may suggest a patient contact the Howard Center, or the hospital might talk directly to the facility, depending on the case.

Police say Steven Bourgoin crashed into the teens' car on Interstate 89 and then stole a police cruiser before crashing it into at least seven other vehicles. He's pleaded not guilty to five counts of murder.

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