BREAKING NEWS: Two dead after fatal accident shuts I-91 southbound between Norwich and Wilder exits
HARTFORD - Two people died Thursday evening after a wrong-way driver on Interstate 91 was involved in a fatal head-on collision with two other vehicles.
The southbound lanes of Interstate 91 between Exit 13 in Norwich and Exit 12 in Wilder were closed for over four hours in order to allow time for firefighters to extricate a body from the wreckage and for the Vermont State Police Crash Reconstruction Team to finish its investigation at the scene.
The crash took place at Mile Marker 73.4, about halfway between the two exits, at around 5:40 p.m., just moments after police had been alerted to reports that a pickup truck was headed the wrong way up the southbound side of the divided highway.
Late Thursday night state police released the names of those involved.
The person who was struck head-on and killed at the scene was Patrick Covey, 33, of Bradford, Vermont.
The wrong-way driver was Herbert Kennedy, 89, of White River Junction who was in critical condition when he arrived at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and who succumbed to his injuries later in the evening.
The third driver, Cynthia Dale, 61, of White River Junction, sustained only minor injuries but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Police from Hartford and Norwich as well as firefighters and ambulances from Hartford, Hanover, and Lebanon initially responded to the scene.
Hartford firefighters were called back to the scene just before 9 p.m. to help remove Covey's body from his crushed 2015 Toyota Corolla.
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