HOLYOKE >> A beloved longtime teacher with Holyoke's public schools has been identified as the victim of a fatal car crash earlier this week.

Authorities say 53-year-old Anne Cullen was on her way to work at the high school Monday morning when she was involved in a head-on crash. She later died at the hospital.

School officials say Cullen was a special education teacher in the system for 30 years.

Holyoke High School acting Principal Stephen Sullivan said Cullen's death is a great loss for the school community, but especially for her students.

Grief counselors are being made available all week.

The other driver, a 75-year-old Southampton man, was also taken to the hospital but is expected to recover.

The crash remains under investigation.