54-year-old Williamstown woman dies after 3-car crash in Pownal

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POWNAL, Vt. — A Williamstown woman died from her injuries after a three-vehicle crash on Route 7 this morning.

Kristie M. Kuziel, 54, was extricated from her Hyundai Santa Fe after her vehicle crossed the center line and collided with another SUV traveling in the opposite lane. She was taken by ambulance to Pownal Elementary School where a Life Net medical helicopter intercepted and flew her to Albany [N.Y.] Medical Center. Police say she sustained serious internal injuries and a broken leg before succumbing to her injuries at the hospital.

Kuziel was not wearing a seat belt, according to a statement from Vermont State Police.

Two SUVs and one parked Green Mountain Express bus were involved in the crash, which occurred around 8:50 a.m. in front of the Village Market and Video.

Preliminary investigation determined that Kuziel's SUV was traveling north and a Honda CR-V, driven by Emma G. Mattison, 26, of Pownal, was traveling south when the Santa Fe drifted left of the center line, causing it to collide with the CR-V, according to police. The impact caused the CR-V to collide with the rear end of the bus, which was parked on the southbound shoulder of Route 7.

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It is not clear whether anyone was on the bus at the time of the crash.

Police say Mattison suffered minor injuries and was taken to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt.

All vehicles involved in the crash were totaled, police said.

Route 7 at the intersection of Moonrise Drive was closed because of the crash, and traffic was rerouted down Center Street. The vehicles involved in the crash were removed from the roadway around 10:30 a.m. It re-opened around 11:30 a.m.

The Pownal Fire Department, Bennington Rescue Squad, and Vermont State Police responded to this crash.

Christie Wisniewski can be reached at cwisniewski@benningtonbanner.com and at 802-447-7567, ext. 111.


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