I-91 north reopens in New Haven following deadly wrong way crash - WFSB 3 Connecticut

I-91 north reopens in New Haven following deadly wrong way crash

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A wrong-way driver collided with a tractor trailer on I-91 north in New Haven. (WFSB photo) A wrong-way driver collided with a tractor trailer on I-91 north in New Haven. (WFSB photo)
Trucks performing u-turns on side streets in New Haven also caused delays. This one struck a sign, according to an Eyewitness News crew on the scene. (WFSB photo) Trucks performing u-turns on side streets in New Haven also caused delays. This one struck a sign, according to an Eyewitness News crew on the scene. (WFSB photo)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

A head-on collision involving a tractor trailer closed part of Interstate 91 in New Haven for most of the morning commute, but it reopened around 9 a.m., according to state police.

According to troopers, the crash closed the section of the highway between exits 2 and 3 on the northbound side. It was first reported just before 5 a.m. on Tuesday.

Firefighters said the crash involved a wrong-way driver slamming into the truck.

State police identified the driver as 20-year-old Libni A. Nunez, Jr. of Meriden. He was driving a Chevy Cobalt.

Investigators said the tractor trailer, driven by 23-year-old Edwin Saul Gonzalez of Texas, was traveling northbound just north of exit 1 in the left center lane of the four lane highway.

Nunez's vehicle was traveling south and struck the truck head-on, according to state police. As a result of the impact, Nunez's vehicle was forced backward in a northbound direction. The vehicle came to an uncontrolled final rest in the left lane of I-91 north.

Nunez was pronounced dead on the scene.

Gonzalez was not hurt.

What caused Nunez to get onto the wrong side of the highway remains under investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call state police at 203-696-2500.

For real-time traffic updates, check the WFSB traffic page here.

WFSB has a crew on the scene and will bring you updates as they come into our newsroom. 

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