Connecticut State Police: Driver charged after smashing into DOT truck on I-95 in Milford

MILFORD >> If you see the flashing lights, slow down and move over.

That’s the message state police are repeating after a car smashed into the back of a state Department of Transportation “crash truck” late Wednesday morning on Interstate 95 in Milford.

The driver of the DOT truck, a Durham man, 41, wasn’t hurt. The driver of the car, Daquan Morris, 24, of Bridgeport, is now facing charges in connection with the accident, state police said in a press release.

Police said the accident happened shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday as the crash truck was stopped in the left lane of Interstate 95 southbound just before Exit 34 (Route 1).

The crash truck was in an active construction zone and had its rear sign board arrow activated, directing traffic to the right.

Morris was driving a 2016 Nissan Maxima southbound in the left lane. Police said he tried to change lanes but crashed into the back of the DOT truck, damaging both vehicles.

Morris and his passenger, a Bridgeport woman, 21, were taken to Bridgeport Hospital with minor injuries.

Police allegedly found Morris had been driving with a suspended license. Morris, who lives in the 1800 block of Stratford Avenue in Bridgeport, was charged with reckless driving, failure to move over and driving with a suspended license. He is to appear Nov. 17 in Milford Superior Court.

State law requires drivers to slow down and move over one lane if they see emergency vehicles, construction vehicles or tow trucks stopped on the shoulder of a highway with their lights flashing. Fines for breaking the law start at $181.

Earlier this year, state police cited hundreds of people across Connecticut during a statewide crackdown.