One person was killed after a two-car crash on Route 66 Hebron on Thursday evening.
The serious crash was reported near Eagle Rock and Stonehouse Road around 4:45 p.m. The road reopened shortly before 9 p.m.
Police identified the victim who died as 65-year-old Thomas Bartlett of East Hampton.
The person in the other car was identified as Brooke Thyrring, 28, of Colchester.
"All I heard was a big boom, bang," said Albert Pitre, an eyewitness.
Minutes after the crash, a Lifestar helicopter rushed a victim to the hospital while rescue crews worked to save the other person trapped in one of the cars involved.
Pitre said it was the second crash he'd witness from his home.
"I knew somebody died," he said.
Police said Bartlett, who was in the red Toyota, died at the scene. Thyrring suffered injuries to her lower extremities and was being treated at Hartford Hospital. They kept the road shut down for hours to investigate.
"I was told, 'we're investigating, leave,'" said Pitre.
The cause has not been determined, but neighbors said on Route 66, speed was often a factor.
"They speed all the time," Pitre said. "So I don't know what happened, how it happened."
This was the fourth tragedy the Hebron community has had to deal with in recent months. Two crashes took the lives of young students at RHAM High school.
Even without knowing the victims, neighbors were wondering how much more the community could take.
"I feel sorry for the relatives and the people around them," said Pitre.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by state police.
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