Fatal crash at Paul’s Whistle Stop in Barnet

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BARNET — The owner of Paul’s Whistle Stop in Barnet was pronounced dead after crashing into a gas pump at his business early this morning.

At around 6:00 a.m. state police, as well as members from the Barnet Fire Department and Calex Ambulance, responded to a reported single-vehicle crash into gas pumps on Route 5.

Police say store owner Paul Keenan, 77, of Ryegate, was driving to the business to open for the morning.

Witnesses say Keenan traveled off Route 5 over a lawn in the area where the road turns left and proceed to go through a fence and hit an embankment, which launched his vehicle in the air for approximately 25 feet before coming down on the gas pumps in the business.

The impact destroyed the gas pumps and caused heavy damage to the front end of Keenan’s vehicle.

Keenan was pronounced deceased at the scene.

An Assistant Medical Examiner from the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office and State Police detectives determined that Keenan had experienced a significant medical event prior to traveling off the road and colliding with the fence and gas pumps.