Investigation continues in Farmington crash that killed 12-year-old girl

Donna Perry | Sun Journal
Posted Aug. 19, 2011, at 5:05 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 19, 2011, at 9:35 a.m.

FARMINGTON, Maine — The investigation is continuing into an accident that claimed the life of Tess Meisel, 12, of Westport, Conn., Wednesday morning and injured three others on routes 2 and 27.

The trailer of a tractor-trailer, loaded with sawdust, hit the rear driver’s side of a Camp Jewell YMCA mini-van from Connecticut at about 9:20 a.m., before it overturned and spilled its load onto the side of the road.

Meisel was seated in the rear of the van and died at the scene, Maine Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said on the day of the accident.

“Once the investigation has been completed, it will be reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office to see whether any charges are warranted. That likely will take place in the next few weeks,” McCausland said Thursday.

The truck, owned by Linkletter Trucking of Athens, was driven by Charles Willey, 53, of Dexter. Willey, along with van passengers Samantha Hollander, 15, and Samantha Gaivao, both of Connecticut, were taken to a hospital and treated and released. Van driver Charles Powell, 23, of Colebrook, Conn., was taken to hospital but was not treated. The group was on the way from Acadia National Park to a park in Vermont, according to McCausland.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out the family of Tess Meisel and those injured in this accident. We are deeply saddened by the loss of Tess and ask that the community support her family in this time of great need,” James Morton, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Hartford, said in a release.

“The YMCA is taking all appropriate actions working with investigators to determine the cause of the accident,” he said.

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