ORWELL-On Sept. 18, at approximately 9:27 p.m., the Vermont State Police, New Haven Barracks, responded to a reported two vehicle crash on Vermont Route 22Ain the T own of Orwell. Upon arrival, Troopers observed members from the
Middlebury Rescue Squad, Orwell Volunteer Fire Department along with other agencies. Fire and Rescue personnel on scene were treating Heather Carpentier, age 24, of Orwell, the operator of the at-fault vehicle along with her two young children-Matthew Carpentier, age 1, Maxwell Carpentier, age 4.
Preliminary investigation indicated Carpentier was traveling south on Route 22A with both her young children as passengers. Carpentier was following another vehicle when she then collided with the other vehicle involved. Both vehicles travelled off the roadway ultimately catching on fire.
Alcohol consumption and speed are considered to be contributing factors in this crash. Anyone with information regarding this crash is urged to contact the Vermont State Police, Trooper Szarejko at 388-4919.