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Vt. State Police investigate deadly Essex crash

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Vermont State Police are investigating a crash in Essex that killed a woman and sent a police officer to the hospital.

The deadly crash involved an SUV, a school bus and a police cruiser. The woman who died was the wife of a police officer.

Police say Rosemary Hollwedel, 54, of Essex, was driving along Route 2A when she rear-ended a school bus carrying the Essex High School girls' tennis team. Hollwedel's SUV then continued into the opposite lane where she collided head-on with the Essex cruiser. Police say Hollwedel was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle. She died at the scene. She was the wife of Essex Police Lt. Robin Hollwedel.

The officer driving the cruiser, Patrol Ofc. Ray St. Pierre of Essex, was treated for minor injuries. No one on the bus was hurt.

The Vermont State Police are actively investigating the crash. They have not determined if speed or alcohol played a role. Hollwedel's autopsy was performed Thursday. Police say the cause of the crash will not be released until the reconstruction team completes its investigation.

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