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Pennsylvania woman, daughter, 5, dead after crash with Wisconsin senator

Alyssa Ortman, 27, and her 5-year-old child died after their car collided with another driven by state Sen. Janet Bewley.

Janet Bewley
Janet Bewley.
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ASHLAND, Wis. — A Pennsylvania woman and her young daughter are dead after their car collided with another driven by a state senator in northern Wisconsin.

Sen. Janet Bewley , D-Mason, pulled out from an entrance to a public beach in Ashland to turn east onto U.S. Highway 2 shortly before 12:30 p.m. Friday, city police said Monday. Her car struck another car driving west by Alyssa Ortman, 27, of Clearfield, Pennsylvania.

Ortman’s car spun across the highway and hit a third car, driven by Jodi Munson, 45, of Mason, that was traveling east.

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Ortman’s 5-year-old daughter was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Ortman later died of her injuries at Ashland's Memorial Medical Center.

Staff at Bewley's office in Madison said she was not seriously injured and that they would not comment while police investigated the crash.


Ashland Police Chief Bill Hagstrom said he didn't know the extent of Munson's injuries, if any. He said authorities have no reason to suspect that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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