Newfane woman killed in Route 30 crash

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DUMMERSTON — Troopers with the Vermont State Police are investigating a three-car collision that resulted in the death of an 88-year-old Newfane woman Tuesday afternoon.

According to a press release from the State Police, Charlene Higgins was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck on Route 30 in Dummerston at about 3:30 p.m.

Troopers determined Steven Morin, 33, of Richmond, N.H., was travelling north in a 2005 Freightliner flatbed truck, owned by Hamshaw Lumber of Keene, N.H., when he struck the rear-end of a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe, being driven north by Dean Tkaczyk, 54, of Dummerston.

Tkaczyk's vehicle was pushed into the southbound lane, where it struck a vehicle being driven by Andrea Fields, 48, of Newfane. Higgins, a passenger in the vehicle, was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. During transport to Baystate Medical Center in Massachusetts, Higgins died.

Members of the West Dummerston Volunteer Fire Department, Brattleboro Fire Department, and Rescue Inc. assisted at the scene.

According to the press release, Tkaczyk sustained an injury to a shoulder and Fields sustained a neck injury.

The investigation is ongoing.


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