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Police: Speed was a factor in fatal Claremont accident


CLAREMONT - It looks as if speed was a factor in the fatal collision between a pickup truck and a minivan that took place shortly after midnight on Main Street Monday, Police Chief Alexander Scott said.

"Speed appears to have been a factor and everything else is under investigation," Scott said.

A Toyota Tacoma pickup 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, according to police.

Scott said it appears the Toyota pickup, driven by Luke Garlinger, 29, of Mansfield, Mass., was speeding at the time of the crash.

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

A 13-year-old passenger in Blaisdell's car is being treated at the hospital for serious injuries.

Garlinger was taken to Valley Regional and then transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He was listed in fair condition Monday afternoon, medical center officials said.

Scott said the crash is still under investigation and no charges are being sought at this time.

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