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Investigation continues after deadly truck crash on I-84

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An on-ramp to Interstate-84 eastbound in West Hartford remained closed on Thursday following a deadly truck crash from the afternoon before.

Investigators said they were still trying to piece together what happened near the Park Road section of the highway.

The tractor trailer involved in the crashed remained at the scene Thursday. Crews began removing it around 2:30 p.m.

It was a delicate and tricky recovery.

"Because of the 90 degree angle it's sitting on and wedged on the bridge abutment, the truck literally has to be picked up," said  West Hartford Fire Chief Gary Allyn.

A heavy crane was brought in to help.

Eyewitness News learned that the same company was doing work there as well.

"There was one operator and a crew there one individual got hurt,” said Assistant Fire Chief Richard Winn, West Hartford Fire Department. “The rest scattered when we got here. There was one individual lying in the street."

State police said the bridge inspection truck and its boom tipped and pinned a man underneath. The crew was working on the entrance ramp to I-84 off.

The victim was identified as 43-year-old William Shook of Middlefield. He was pronounced dead at St. Francis Hospital, according to troopers.

On Tuesday, two men were stuck dangling in a bucket off of the Gold Star Bridge in Groton. While no one was hurt, Eyewitness News learned that the Department of Transportation employed the same subcontractor in both incidents.

The name of the subcontractor was McClain and Company.

"Everybody up there, obviously that's on their mind, but they're also making sure we can get this operation without hurting or anybody else getting killed,” Winn said.

State police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

The DOT said it has already suspended doing business with McClain and Company until the investigation is completed.

"Out of an abundance of caution, the DOT is temporarily suspending the use of this company for providing snooper trucks," said Kevin Nursick, DOT spokesman. "This is a prudent move until the facts can be ascertained and we receive proper assurances of safety."

McClain and Company had no comment on the incident.

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