Police identify two women killed in I-95 crash (WFSB)
OLD LYME, CT (WFSB) -
Two women were killed in an eight-car crash that snarled traffic on I-95 in Old Lyme on Saturday.
Police said 61-year-old Hilda Thomas, of Maryland, and 38-year-old Stacy Lockhart, of Alabama, both died in the crash that happened near the exit 70 off ramp on I-95 north just after 5:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The crash is still under investigation and at this time police are only saying that somehow all the vehicles involved came into contact with one another, but police have not been able to determine what started the chain reaction crash.
Police said the vehicle that Thomas and Lockhart were riding in was driven by 56-year-old Debra Taliaferroholmes of Manalapan, NJ.
She was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Others involved in the crash were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries.
Crews on the scene declared it a mass casualty because of the number of victims involved.
The northbound side of the highway was reopened around 1:45 p.m., however southbound lanes remained closed until about 3:30 p.m., nearly 11 hours after it was shutdown.
Before this deadly crash, another was reported on I-95 northbound.
State Police said the driver lost control for an unknown reason, struck the guardrail on the right shoulder and then the concrete bridge support.
The tractor trailer involved also caught fire during the accident and dumped bottles of soda and water all over the highway.
The driver of the tractor trailer, 62-year-old Arturo Paez of Stratford, was flown by Life Star helicopter to Yale-New Haven Hospital with serious injuries.
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