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Off-Duty Salem Police Officer Killed, Another Driver Hurt In Head-On Car Crash

A Massachusetts police officer has been killed and another driver injured in a head-on car crash, authorities said.

The vehicles collided in Salem at about 11:20 p.m. Thursday, according to a statement from the Essex district attorney's office.

Both drivers were taken to Salem Hospital, where the 56-year-old off-duty Salem police patrolman was pronounced dead.

The officer was identified by Mayor Kim Driscoll as Dana Mazola.

"Dana was a conscientious and professional officer, a loving husband and father, and a devoted public servant to the people of Salem," she said in a statement.

The district attorney's office did not release the other driver's name.

The crash is under investigation by Massachusetts State Police and no charges have issued.

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