Truck driver killed in crash on I-95; traf­fic snarled all day

Traf­fic snarled for hours on I-95

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jim Shay and Tara O’Neill

MIL­FORD — A fa­tal high­way crash caused heavy de­lays on In­ter­state 95 for nearly 10 hours Fri­day.

The driver of a trac­tor-trailer was killed Fri­day morn­ing after his truck, car­ry­ing bot­tled wa­ter, went down an em­bank­ment off south­bound I-95. The As­so­ci­ated Press said State Po­lice iden­ti­fied the driver as 57-year-old Jean Fabre-Benoit of Prospect.

The crash hap­pened around 6:35 a.m. be­tween the rest stop and Exit 40.

When fire­fight­ers got there, they re­ported a trac­tor-trailer off the road and into the wooded area, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from fire Capt. Stephen Ra­bel.

“The driver of the ve­hi­cle was pinned in the ve­hi­cle and had to be ex­tri­cated,” he said. “The ex­tri­ca­tion was com­pli­cated by hav­ing to re­move trees and

brush, as well as hav­ing to deal with spilled diesel fuel and a nearby stream.”

Paramedics gave the driver ad­vanced life sup­port dur­ing the ex­tri­ca­tion, Ra­bel said. De­spite these ef­forts, the driver died as a re­sult of his in­juries and was taken by the coro­ner’s of­fice, Ra­bel said.

The usual morn­ing rush hour com­mute was heav­ily im­pacted by de­lays and traf­fic jams — which con­tin­ued for hours after morn­ing rush hour sub­sided.

Arnold Gold / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Traf­fic was backed up in both di­rec­tions on In­ter­state 95 fol­low­ing a trac­tor-trailer crash in Mil­ford on Fri­day.

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