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Two Deaths in Virginia Blamed on Sandy

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — Virginia emergency officials are blaming two traffic-related deaths on superstorm Sandy.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management said Tuesday that the medical examiner’s office had confirmed that two traffic fatalities were caused by the storm.

Police say 52-year-old Keith D. Fordham and 51-year-old Michael T. Overton of Richmond were killed early Tuesday when a vehicle driven by Fordham crashed into a light pole in the city. Richmond police said speed, rain and wet pavement were factors in the accident.

The storm brought tropical-force winds and flooding to the eastern and central part of the state on Monday and dumped snow in southwest Virginia and along the higher elevations.

More than 177,000 statewide were without power.

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