Bennington farmer finds car wedged in his truck, 2 dead inside

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BENNINGTON, Vt. (NEWS10) — The driver of a large farm vehicle, a truck equipped to spread fertilizer, arrived at his field in Bennington to find a car wedged in the frame and the two occupants dead inside, police say.

The driver of the farm vehicle, 29-years-old and from Bennington, told police he thought he had blown a tire as he drove on Vermont Route 9.

Two New Yorkers were pronounced dead at the scene. Charles Schichtl, 85, and Lorraine Schichtl, 82, of Petersburg were killed when their 1998 Toyota Camry rear-ended the farming vehicle Thursday evening.

Officers say shortly before 7 p.m., the Schichtl’s Toyota became lodged underneath the farming vehicle, a New Leader Dry Hauler, following the collision.

The operator of the dry hauler pulled into a field to inspect his vehicle and spotted the Schichtl’s Camry wedged underneath. He was not injured.

West Road (Route 9) was closed for several hours on Thursday as the crash was investigated.

The crash is still under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Roscoe Harrington at (802) 442-1030.

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