WEATHERSFIELD, VT–At 9:33 a.m. today, Sunday, Vermont State Police responded to a report of a car that had crashed in the median and was on fire on I-91, at mile marker 49N, in Weathersfield, VT. Alexander Romanow, 79, of New Jersey, 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 driver’s 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. Passersby attempted to extricate the driver, but the fire was too large and they could not get him out. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. His wife was transported by Golden Cross Ambulance to Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont and later transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
The investigation is ongoing, but it is believed that the cause of the crash was due to the operator falling asleep.
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 six hours during the crash investigation. Hillside Towing removed the vehicle.
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