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Driver in Westport deadly crash arrested for DUI

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Ramses Taylor Rival. (State police photo) Ramses Taylor Rival. (State police photo)
I-95 south was closed in Westport Wednesday night following a deadly crash. (DOT photo) I-95 south was closed in Westport Wednesday night following a deadly crash. (DOT photo)
WESTPORT, CT (WFSB) -

The driver behind the wheel in a deadly crash in Westport Wednesday was drunk driving, according to state police.

Troopers said they arrested 35-year-old Ramses Taylor Rival of Stamford for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Thomas Patrick Reynolds, 64, of Woodbury, was killed after Rival's Mercedes hit his tractor trailer.

State police said both vehicles were traveling south on Interstate 95 just north of exit 17.

Rival was in the center lane while Reynolds was in the right just before 7 p.m.

Troopers said Rival's passenger side struck the driver's side of Reynolds' vehicle. The impact caused Reynolds to veer to the right and strike a metal beam guardrail off of the right shoulder.

Reynolds' vehicle also flipped onto the driver's side and hit a light pole. That's when it caught fire, state police said.

After the initial impact, troopers said Rival veered to the right as well. He, however, struck a concrete barrier for the Saugatuck River Bridge.

The crash closed I-95 for awhile Wednesday night.

Reynolds was pronounced dead on the scene by Westport firefighters.

Rival was not hurt.

Troopers charged him with DWI.

He was arrested and released on a $10,000 non-surety bond.

Rival is due in Norwalk Superior Court on Oct. 20.

State police said they're seeking eyewitnesses to the crash. Anyone with information can call 203-696-2500.

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