White River Junction woman dies on I-91 in Northeast Kingdom crash
Fatal collision Monday evening in Barton, VT
BARTON, VT - A White River Junction woman was killed Monday evening in a two-car crash that took place on Interstate 91 in the Northeast Kingdom town of Barton, roughly halfway between St. Johnsbury and Newport, Vermont.
Stacy Bissell, 45, a resident of Quechee with a White River Junction postal address, had been traveling southbound when her 2014 Honda Accord left the highway and crossed through the median into the northbound lanes where she collided head-on with a 2006 Subaru Forester that was being driven by Richard Farrar, 59, of Newport, Vermont State Police Sgt. Michael LaCourse reported.
Both vehicles were extensively damaged in the crash and Bissell was pronounced dead at the scene.
Farrar was transported by Barton Ambulance to North Country Hospital with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said the accident occurred around 8 p.m. and added that Bissell was wearing her seatbelt.
Sgt. LaCourse said road conditions were clear at the time and the cause of the crash remains under investigation, adding, "It is still unclear if speed and/or alcohol played a role in the crash."
For the past couple of years Bissell had worked as a hospice nurse for BAYADA Home Health Care where her Division Director Kristen Barnum said Tuesday she had been touched by the reminiscences that had been pouring in following the news of Bissell's untimely death.
"To be honest, all day we've been receiving calls from patient's families and staff members who worked with her and it's been nothing but praise for how wonderful she was as a care nurse and what a kind human being she was," Barnum said, continuing, "She was an excellent, excellent nurse with top notch skills and she could see the big picture of how death and dying affects not only the patient but the patient's family members. She will be greatly missed."
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