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BARRINGTON, RI – Two 97-year-old twin sisters froze to death Saturday after they both fell outside and were stranded overnight in freezing temperatures.

Martha Williams and her twin sister, Jean Haley, had returned to Haley’s home Friday night after having dinner with their 89-year-old sister.

Investigators say that as Williams was leaving Haley’s home, she fell in the driveway near the rear of her car. Haley saw what happened and went to go inside her home and call for help, but fell inside her garage.

“At this time investigators believe that foul play was not involved and Ms. Williams may have fallen in the driveway walking to her car. Ms. Haley may have tripped on a rug on the floor of the garage as she attempted to enter her house to call for assistance,” Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said in a statement.

Both women remained where they fell, enduring overnight temperatures that dropped to as low as 11 degrees, with wind chills as low as minus 8. They were not found until the next morning when a neighbor found them and called 911.

The sisters were rushed to Rhode Island Hospital in critical condition, but died of hypothermia a short time later.

“On behalf of the men and women of the Barrington Police Department, our deepest sympathies and condolences are extended to the Haley and Williams families during their tragic loss,” said LaCross.

Last time we had a depressing story with similar circumstances was the 74-year-old woman who froze to death after she fell while trying to help her husband who had fallen out of his wheelchair. Oh, and we can’t forget about this woman who fell and was found dead in her bathroom, and partially eaten by her cats.

If I actually make it to the age that my bones crumble to dust at the slightest impact, I’m gonna dress in a diaper and layers of bubble wrap, and have a Medical Alert button glued to my damn hand.

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