Wrong-way driver caused early-morning crash on I-95
I-95 North was shut down in Milford for an hour on Monday morning, following a crash involving a tractor trailer and two cars, WTNH reported.
The news agency reported that around 4:30 a.m., troopers, firefighters and EMTs responded to I-95, northbound between exits 40 and 39 in Milford.
Lanes were closed this morning but have since reopened.
A man driving the wrong way on I-95 caused the accident, according to local firefighters. Fire Battalion Chief Anthony Fabrizi said the man ran into the tractor trailer and a passenger car while driving on I-95.
A state police accident report identifies the wrong-way driver as Rufino Dominguez, 25, of 25 Allyndale Drive, Stratford.
The tractor trailer he hit is owned by Langer Transport Corp. of New Jersey. The passenger car is owned by the United Illuminating Co., according to the accident report.
Firefighters said that at about 4 a.m. Monday, a good Samaritan reported a vehicle stopped at a traffic light on Marsh Hill Road in Orange. The caller stated that the driver appeared to be unresponsive or sleeping behind the wheel.
An ambulance crew arrived on the scene to check on the driver, but the man drove away and traveled south onto the Exit 41 northbound off ramp. The driver continued traveling the wrong way down I-95, striking a tractor trailer and another passenger vehicle. The wrong way driver's car sustained heavy front end damage and rolled over onto its side, trapping him inside, Fabrizi said.
"Milford firefighters quickly arrived on scene and extricated the operator using the Jaws of Life Hydraulic Tool in under 15 minutes," Fabrizi said. "He was treated on scene and transported to Yale under the care of Milford Fire Paramedics. The driver of the second passenger vehicle was also treated on scene by fire personnel and transported to Yale for evaluation as well. The extent of their injuries is unknown. The operator of the tractor trailer was not injured."