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August 28, 2016

Fatal crash, I91, Weathersfield

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

               

CASE#: 16D001384

TROOPER: Paul Dean                                     

STATION:  Westminster                 

CONTACT#: 802-722-4600

 

DATE/TIME: 8/28/16 at 09:33

LOCATION: I91, mile marker 49N, Weathersfield

 

VEHICLE #1

OPERATOR: Alexander Romanow

AGE:  79   

SEAT BELT? Y

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brick, NJ

 

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe

DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Totaled

 

INJURIES

V # / NAME / CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE / AGE / SEAT BELT? / NATURE OF INJURY

1 / Alexander Romanow / Brick, NJ / 79 / Unk / Deceased

1 / Jane Romanow / Brick, NJ / 75 / Y / Broken femur and chest injury

 

HOSPITAL: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center              

WEATHER: Cloudy

ROAD COND: Dry

 

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

 

On 8/28/16 at 09:33 Vermont State Police responded to a report of a car that had

crashed in the median and was on fire on I91, at mile marker 49N, in

Weathersfield. Alexander Romanow had been traveling north in a 2006 Chevrolet

Tahoe. The Tahoe veered into the median and struck several trees and then caught

fire. Alexander was trapped in the drivers seat and could not get out.

Alexander's wife, Jane Romanow had suffered a broken femur but was able to get

out of the vehicle. Passerby's attempted to extricate Alexander but the fire was

too large and they could not get him out. Alexander was pronounced deceased at

the scene. Jane was transported by Golden Cross Ambulance to Valley Regional

Hospital in Claremont, NH and later transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical

Center. Agencies responding to the scene included Weathersfield Police, West

Weathersfield Fire, Ascutney Fire, Thetford fire, and the VT Agency of

Transportation. The passing lane of the highway was closed for 6 hours during

the crash investigation. Hillside Towing removed the vehicle. The investigation

is ongoing but it is believed that the cause of the crash was due to the

operator falling asleep.

 

Corporal  Paul Dean

1330 Westminster Heights Rd.

Putney, VT 05346

(802)722-4600