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Two local couples suffer  head-on collision on Route 4; two dead


Staff report

Two South Woodstock residents died and two Stockbridge residents were in critical condition after a head-on crash on Route 4 in Mendon around 1 p.m. Monday, July 24.

John Panoushek, 79, and Jean Panoushek, 74, of South Woodstock were pronounced dead at the scene. 

 Preliminary investigation revealed they were traveling west on Route 4 in a Toyota Rav 4 when the driver, John Panoushek, crossed the centerline and struck a 2015 Toyota Sienna occupied by Beverly Adams, 73, and Thomas Allen, 76, both of Stockbridge.

Adams and Allen were taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and listed in critical condition.  

Police said Adams and Allen were wearing seatbelts while neither of the Panousheks were. 

The crash is under investigation by members of the State Police – Crash Reconstruction Team. If anyone has information they are asked to contact Trooper Daniel St. Clair at the Rutland Barracks, (802-773-9101).

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