Leicester man was passing vehicles when he collided with Spencer man

EAST BROOKFIELD — Two area men killed on Route 49 on Tuesday have been identified, and police report the crash came while one vehicle was attempting to pass others.

Leicester resident Joseph Nardone was behind the wheel of a 2005 Chevy Impala when he was killed when he collided with a Dodge Stratus driven by Rene Lavallee of Spencer, according to reports. Nardone, 61, was traveling south and attempting to pass a Honda SUV driven by an Auburn woman when he crossed into the path of Lavallee’s northbound vehicle.

Police report that Paula Thibault, who was a passenger in Lavallee’s Dodge, remains hospitalized in critical condition.

The double fatal accident occurred on Route 49 around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, about one mile north of Adams Road. Initial reports noted one person had been ejected from a vehicle while at least one other was trapped inside. First responders extricated three people on the scene.

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