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Minivan struck head-on by pickup leaves woman dead, boy seriously injured in Claremont

CLAREMONT -- A 42-year-old Vermont woman was killed and a 13-year-old boy seriously injured in a collision between a pick-up truck and a minivan shortly after midnight today.

Police said a Toyota Tacoma was headed east on Main Street in Claremont when it suddenly veered into the opposite lane and hit the Pontiac minivan near the Tractor Supply Store on Main Street, Claremont.

The driver of the minivan, Shellie Blaisdell, 42, of Windsor, Vt., died early this morning at Valley Regional Hospital as the result of injuries suffered in the accident.

Her 13-year-old passenger, whose name was not released, is being treated at the hospital for serious injuries.

The driver of the pick-up truck, Luke Garlinger, 29, of Mansfield, Mass., was taken to Valley Regional and then transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by Claremont officers and State Police.

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