Police are investigating a deadly crash that killed two teenagers who were students at the University of Connecticut.
The crash happened on Route 66 in Columbia on Friday afternoon, closing the road for several hours. The driver of the tractor trailer, which belongs to Penski Truck Leasing Co., was 28-year-old Adolfo Lopez of Hartford.
The individuals who were in the vehicle were 19-year-old Hannah Schmidt of Hebron, 19-year-old Alana Ferrante of South Windsor and 19-year-old Ryan Meegan of Ridgefield.
Ferrante and Meegan were both killed in the crash. Schmidt, who was the driver of the car, was brought to Hartford Hospital with serious injuries.
Both Ferrante and Meegan were sophomores at the University of Connecticut.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to their friends and families. We hope they receive a measure of comfort in knowing Ryan and Alana were held in the highest regard by all who knew them here on campus,” said a statement from the university.
According to police, Lopez was driving east on Route 66 when he struck the right side of the car as it entered the intersection of Route 66 and West Road.
Both vehicles came to a stop on the eastbound side of Route 66 when they collided with a utility pole, which snapped at the base.
Lopez was brought to Windham Hospital with minor injuries.
Ferrante was a pre-kinesiology major who recently transferred from Central Connecticut State University.
Meegan was a pre-teaching major who was a mentor in UConn’s First Year Experience program and was involved in competitive soccer and rugby groups on campus.
“We also extend our support and concern for a third UConn student who was injured in the same collision,” the university said in a statement.
The crash remains under investigation.
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