Orwell man killed in afternoon car crash

CORNWALL — A 69-year-old man from Orwell was killed in a single-vehicle car crash this afternoon.

At around 1:30 p.m. police responded to the scene on Vermont Route 74, within the Town of Cornwall.

Police say Robert J. Fields, 69, of Orwell, was traveling west in a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban, when he drove off the north side of the roadway.

The vehicle continued and collided with a tree.

Fields was transported to Porter Hospital in Middlebury where he was pronounced dead.

Police say at the time of the crash it was snowing and the roads were slippery.

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