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Police ID 2 killed in snowy road crash in Essex; power outages spike to 6,500

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MONTPELIER, Vermont — Essex Police say icy roads contributed to a morning crash on Vermont Route 289 that killed two and injured a third person.

An investigation found that an eastbound vehicle driven by 78-year-old Pearl Farley of Colchester crossed the centerline just before 7 a.m. Monday and collided with a westbound sport utility vehicle driven by 55-year-old Neil Mckee, of Cambridge.

Both Farley and Mckee were killed in the crash.

A passenger in Mckee's vehicle, 28-year-old James Mckee, of Essex, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is continuing.

Vermont State Police reported 10 crashes on Interstate 91 and other Windham and Windsor county roadways late Sunday.

Meanwhile, the number of electric customers without power dropped to about 1,200.

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