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Emergency workers tend to the victims of a crash Thursday in Bennington.
BENNINGTON — A car carrying three elderly Bennington sisters described as inseparable crashed into a tree Thursday, leaving one sister dead and hospitalizing the others.
Rachele Blott, 81, had been in the back seat. Emergency workers performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the scene, but Bennington Police Lt. Lloyd Dean said she succumbed to her injuries.
All three sisters were taken to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center after the crash. Dean said Yvette Blott, 85, who was driving the car, suffered back injuries and plans had been made to take her to Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center. Colette Blott, 82, who was in the front passenger seat, was in stable condition.
Bennington Town Clerk Timothy Corcoran said he knows the Blott family. He described them as “good, hardworking, decent people” and said the three sisters were particularly close.
“They went shopping together,” he said. “They did everything together. You never saw one without seeing the other two.”
The crash was reported about 11:10 a.m. Thursday.
When police reached the scene, Dean said, they found the 2007 Buick LaCrosse had struck a pine tree off Crescent Boulevard.
Dean said Yvette Blott was driving west on Crescent Boulevard toward Route 7 when the car left the road, crossed a yard and hit the tree.
Dean gave no explanation as to why the car left the road. It was not raining at the time of the crash and the road appeared dry, he said. The crash is still being investigated.
At the scene, two Bennington police officers could be seen performing CPR on Rachele Blott.
Members of the Bennington Fire Department and Bennington Rescue Squad, along with members of the Police Department, used extrication equipment to get Yvette Blott out of the car where she had been pinned behind the steering wheel.
One nearby resident, Ilona Cohen, said she was home Thursday morning and heard the crash. When she went outside to see what happened, she saw that Colette Blott was already out of the car.
Cohen said she and another neighbor offered what help they could after she called 911 to report the crash.
Dean said that when police reached the scene, they found Colette tending to her sister Rachele.
Like Cohen, neighbors standing outside the Missionary Alliance Church said they didn’t actually see the crash.
They said it was unusual to have a crash on Crescent Boulevard that they had long been concerned about safety because of the speed at which some people drive there.
The Blotts are Bennington residents, but none of the people living near the crash scene interviewed Thursday said they recognized the women.
Dean asked that anyone with information about the crash call the Bennington Police Department at 442-1030.
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