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Fatal Connecticut multi-vehicle crash shuts down Route 15

Route 15 was temporarily closed following a deadly four-vehicle accident on the Trumbull/Stratford line on April 26. The early morning crash claimed the life of one motorist and injured two others including a worker with the Connecticut Department of Transportation who was assisting at the scene.

According to the report, the wreck took place shortly before 2 a.m. on the Merritt Parkway when a 26-year-old man driving a Subaru rear-ended a Honda. In the impact, both vehicles lost control. The Subaru came to a rest in the midsection of the highway while the Honda ended up on the roadway's shoulder.

After rescue workers freed the 27-year-old man from the Honda, an ambulance brought him to St. Vincent's Hospital for treatment. He succumbed to his injuries shortly after his arrival. A 20-year-old woman who was riding in the Honda was also seriously injured and was transported to Bridgeport Hospital for treatment. Also transported to Bridgeport Hospital was the Subaru driver who suffered minor injuries.

When they responded to the scene, DOT officials worked to shut down the southbound lanes of the highway so that the roadway could be cleared and authorities could conduct an investigation into the accident. However, at about 3:30 a.m., a 24-year-old woman driving a Toyota smashed into the back of a DOT truck that had been parked near Exit 53 to stop traffic. Instead of stopping, her car then struck a 54-year-old DOT worker who was arranging cones and flares in the roadway, as reported. An ambulance took the worker to St. Vincent's Hospital for treatment.

Family members whose loved one died in a motor vehicle accident may wish to pursue compensation via a wrongful death claim. Plaintiffs who can show that the negligence of another driver caused the accident may be entitled to receive damages for their losses.

Source: WTNH, "Man killed in Rt. 15 crash, DOT worker seriously injured on scene", Alex Ceneviva, April 26, 2015

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