One woman is dead and an Essex police officer was taken to the hospital following a crash that shut down Route 2A in Essex for hours Wednesday night.
Police say 54-year-old Rosemary Hollwedel of Essex rear-ended a moving school bus carrying the tennis team from Essex High School. No one on the bus was hurt. After that minor crash, police say Hollwedel crossed the center line into the path of an oncoming police cruiser. The two hit head on. Hollwedel was thrown from the vehicle as it flipped over. She died at the scene.
Rosemary Hollwedel is the wife of Essex Police Lt. Robin Hollwedel.
The police officer in the cruiser, Patrol Ofc. Ray St. Pierre of Essex, was taken to the hospital. He was treated at the hospital for multiple lacerations to his head.
Witnesses described the crash as horrific.
"It was carnage because you see a vehicle upside down in the middle of the road, you got a bus with kids on the bus just not knowing what to do," said Tina Audette, who lives about 100 yards from the scene.
"This is an active investigation which includes processing the scene, which includes interviews of any witnesses," said Captain Glenn Hall of Vermont State Police. "If there's anyone out there that witnessed this that has not come forward to police, we would urge anyone who saw anything to call state police in Williston."
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