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State police issue safety warning after ‘chilling’ crash

April 27, 2018 GMT

After a crash that state police called chilling, the agency has issued a reminder about highway safety.

Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, state police Troop G in Bridgeport and West Haven fire units and emergency medical services responded to a crash on Interstate 95 northbound near exit 43 in West Haven.

The call reported a crash involving two tractor trailers. But when troopers arrived at the scene, they found a more serious crash and closed the highway.

The crash involved four tractor trailers and a Toyota Corolla.

“Troopers, firefighters and EMS immediately checked on the crash victims and, despite what you see in the photos, thankfully there were no fatalities,” state police said.

Two operators suffered serious injuries, but were still able to recount the crash to troopers.

State police said three of the tractor trailers and the Toyota were traveling in the right lane when traffic started to slow for a construction zone ahead. The four vehicles safely slowed, state police said.

“The fourth TT (tractor trailer) did not slow down in time and struck the Toyota from behind, pushing it into the TT in front of it,” state police said. “The Toyota became sandwiched between the two TTs before being dislodged by the force of impact.”

Three of the tractor trailers and the Toyota were heavily damaged. The tractor trailer driver at fault was issued an infraction for traveling too fast for conditions and failure to maintain a reasonable distance/following too closely.

After this crash, state police provided drivers some tips about being a safe driver and what to do if they end up in an accident.

State police said drivers should always pay attention to highway signs, reduce speed when approaching construction zones or first responders working, keep a safe distance for other vehicles, check traffic in all mirrors and give full attention to the road.

Anyone who gets in a crash should call 911 and give the dispatcher the location and reason for the call, move the vehicle to the right shoulder or right side of the road if it can safely be done and stay inside the vehicle while waiting for first responders.