Route 8 south reopens following deadly wrong way crash in Shelto - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Route 8 south reopens following deadly wrong way crash in Shelton

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The backup on Route 8 south in Shelton following Thursday morning's deadly crash. (WFSB photo) The backup on Route 8 south in Shelton following Thursday morning's deadly crash. (WFSB photo)
SHELTON, CT (WFSB) -

State Police said they are investigating a double deadly wrong way crash that shut down a portion of Route 8 south Thursday morning.

The highway reopened around 7 a.m.

According to troopers, two vehicles collided in the area of exit 13 in Shelton. 

They said two people were killed.

Troopers identified them as 30-year-old Fernando Moreno-Rivas of Stratford and 29-year-old Kelly Wootten of Seymour.

Both were in their own vehicles.

The southbound side of Route 8 was closed between exits 15 and 13 as a result of the investigation. It remained that way for several hours.

Troopers said Wootten was traveling the wrong way. She was headed northbound in the southbound lanes when she collided with Moreno-Rivas near exit 13.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene due to serious bodily injuries.

Their vehicles needed to be removed from the scene with wreckers.

State police said Route 8 south is a two-lane limited access highway in the area. They said it has clearly marked lanes of travel with a posted speed limit of 55 mph.

They said the incident remains under investigation.

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