Two Dead After Route 9 Crash in Cromwell

Two people are dead after a crash early Saturday morning in Cromwell.

According to state police, a Chevrolet K-10 driven by Kevin Palozie, 22, of Middletown, was traveling on Route 9 southbound near exit 19  when the vehicle sideswiped a Buick Lesabre around 1:15 a.m. Saturday.

The Chevy began to roll over, traveled through the wire guardrail and came to a rest in the grass median.

Palozie was pronounced dead on the scene. His passenger, Travis Coozi, 22, of East Hampton, was transported to Hartford Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the side-swept vehicle sustained minor injuries and was transported to Middlesex Hospital for treatment.

D&M Automotive towed the Chevrolet from the scene and Bishops Automotive towed the Buick.

The state highway was closed, but it has since reopened.

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