POLICE BEAT

Two-car collision results in two deaths, one injury

At approximately 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 19 there was a two-car accident on Route 289 in Essex between exits seven and nine.

The first call to police was received at 6:53 a.m. The investigation revealed that a 1999 Toyota Camry operated by Pearl Farley, 78, of Colchester, had been travelling east on I-289. The Camry then crossed the centerline into the westbound lane and subsequently collided with a 2009 Mercury Mariner operated by Neil Mckee, 55, of Cambridge. Both drivers were killed in the collision.

James Mckee, 28, of Essex, was a passenger in the Mariner and was transported by Essex Rescue to the UVM Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

This section of Route 289 was closed for several hours while the crash was being investigated.

Snowy and slippery road conditions were a contributing factor in the collision. None of the occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.