Two from Essex die in Hinesburg crash after driver loses control

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The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Burlington will perform autopsies on the bodies of two people who died Saturday night in a crash on Route 116 in Hinesburg. This happened just before 10:00 p.m. at the North Road intersection.

The Hinesburg Police say both victims were from Essex, Vermont. Eugene Morrell, 51, was driving and Melanie Squirrel, 39, was a passenger. Investigators say Morrell lost control on the northbound side and left the roadway before hitting a guard rail and a utility pole.

Morrell and Squirrel both died at the scene. There were no witnesses, but police believe high speed played a role in the crash.

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