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Icy roads cause deadly crash on Route 7

On Monday, Nov. 26 at approximately 6:49 a.m. firefighters from the Rutland Town Fire Department; Regional Ambulance Service; and members of the Vermont State

Police responded to US Route 7 North near William's Farm in the Town of Rutland, Vt. for a report of a two vehicle crash with serious injuries.

Upon arrival at the scene, it was found that 43-year-old Donna Arnado of Rutland was deceased at the scene.

Initial investigation found Arnado was driving north in her 2002 Chevrolet Tracker when she crossed an icy bridge on US Route 7. While on the bridge, Arnado's car spun causing it to go into the oncoming southbound lane.

54-year-old John Thomas of Rutland Town was driving southbound on US Route 7 South in a 2004 GMC pickup truck. Arnado's vehicle went left of center and stuck Thomas's vehicle. Arnado was wearing her seatbelt. Conditions were overcast with light snow and icy roads.

Both vehicles were a total loss due to the impact. Neither speed, drugs, or alcohol appear to be factors in this crash.

Donna Arnado was immediately declared Deceased At Scene. John Thomas Vermont, who was not wearing his seatbelt, suffered minor injuries including bruised ribs and was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center.