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Two Dutchess Residents, Including Ski Instructor, Die At Killington Resort

Two Dutchess County men recently collapsed and died at the Killington Ski Resort in Vermont.
Two Dutchess County men recently collapsed and died at the Killington Ski Resort in Vermont. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Two Dutchess County residents died in a three-day-time-span at the Killington Ski Resort in Vermont, after collapsing in separate incidents, according to the Vermont State Police.

Willaim P. Cusano, 65, of LaGrangeville, was found Saturday on an intermediate ski trail at the Killington Ski Resort, said the state police.

Cusano was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead at 3:44 p.m., state police said.

There was no indication that Cusano had been involved in a crash while skiing and his death appears to have been a natural event. Cusano was noted to be an experienced skier, state police added.

Cusano will be examined at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Burlington, VT, to determine the cause and manner of death.

On Monday, an 80-year-old Wappinger Falls man, who was an instructor at the Killington Ski Resort, collapsed and died while skiing, according to the state police.

Fellow skiers watched as Walter E. Gorga collapsed on the trail "Header," state police said.

After collapsing, Gorgas, who was a very experienced skier and instructor at the resort, was transported to the Rutland Regional Medical Center by Rutland Ambulance Service were he was pronounced dead, state police said.

There was no indication that Gorgas had collided with any other skiers or objects and appears to be a natural event.

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