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2 killed in ATV crash in Orange

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Chad Spencer Chad Spencer
ORANGE, Vt. -

"It is just not something that you wake up to," Chad Spencer said.

Spencer was on his way to work just before 5 a.m. on Emery Road when he came upon the scene of a terrible accident.

"The machine was completely shut off. The only thing that caught my eye was a light that was standing up. From that light I looked down and saw the people," Spencer said.

Police say Justin Butler, 34, and Julie Beattie, 41, both of Williamstown, were found dead at the scene. Neither was wearing a helmet. Their ATV hit a tree at the intersection of Eastman and Emery roads.

Spencer said he called 911 and when he was told to check their pulses, it appeared they had been there for a while.

"There was debris; there was beer cans all around, cigarettes were thrown," Spencer said.

Neighbors say they didn't hear anything overnight, but this area is a hot spot for ATV traffic. They hope this will be a warning for people to slow down and be safe on these back roads.

Chad Spencer: I like ATVs. There is a lot of activity that goes up the hill.

Reporter Molly Smith: What about helmets? Do people usually wear helmets?

Chad Spencer: Nobody wears helmets.

While state law requires helmets for motorcycle riders, it does not require them for ATVs.

Police say speed was not a factor in the crash, but they have not ruled out alcohol or drug use pending the autopsy report from the chief medical examiner.

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