Twin Rhode Island sisters, 97, die in falls on frigid weekend

Posted March 07, 2017

97-year-old twin sisters Jean Haley and Martha Williams, both residents of Rhode Island, died Saturday amid some of the coldest temperatures of the winter in the northeastern United States.

Martha Williams was walking to her auto after having dinner with her sister Jean Haley on Friday.

The twins' 89-year-old younger sister, who left the home after dropping them off at about 8:30 p.m. Friday, has not been identified.

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The sisters were found by a neighbor Saturday morning.

After going up a few stairs to access the door leading to the house, Jean Haley tripped over a loose carpet, lost her balance, fell the stairs, and landed on the garage's floor.

"Ms. Williams may have fallen in the driveway", Police Chief John LaCoss said in a statement.

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ELDERLY twins tragically died after tripping over within feet of each other and "freezing to death" after spending the night in the cold. Haley was found in the garage. They spent the overnight hours in below freezing temperatures. Authorities arrived at the scene and rushed both women to Rhode Island Hospital in nearby Providence. He said he asked doctors to keep them together even after they were declared dead. The Providence Journal reported that Haley lived at 21 Opechee Drive, Barrington, and Williams lived in East Providence.

Jean's husband, who died in 1995, is believed to have served as an Army captain in World War Two and was instrumental in liberating concentration camps in Belgium.

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