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Westport Student Dies in Maine Crash

WESTPORT, Conn. – A 12-year-old girl from Westport was killed in a car accident Wednesday morning in Farmington, Maine, the Sun Journal in Maine reports .

Tess Meisel was a passenger in a mini-van that was traveling on Route 2 in Farmington when a tractor-trailer carrying sawdust struck the rear of the van, Maine Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland told the Sun Journal.

The two other children in the van, 13-year old Samantha Galvao, reportedly of Westport, and 15-year-old Samantha Hollander from Wilton, along with the van's driver, 23-year-old Charles Powell from Colebrook, Conn., were taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington with nonlife-threatening injuries, McCausland said.

The van is owned by a YMCA camp in Colebrook and was traveling from Acadia National Park in Maine to a park in Vermont, the newspaper reports.

Samantha Hollander will be a sophomore this fall at Wilton High School, according the Wilton High PTA.

Tess was a student at Coleytown Middle School who kept a blog about global warming.

Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff issued a statement late Wednesday afternoon regarding the news:

“On behalf of all Westporters, I offer my deepest condolences to the Meisel family whose daughter Tess died today in a tragic accident in Farmington, Maine, where she was attending summer camp.

“Even at the young age of 12, the Coleytown Middle School student had made her mark as an environmentalist, winning awards and admiration for her devotion to promoting everything green.

“We also wish a speedy recovery for her Westport friend, Samantha Galvao, 13, who was injured in the accident, as well as two other youngsters who were also reported injured.

“All Westporters share this tragic loss, and I am grateful to those who have already gathered to offer their support to both families at this time of need.”

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