As many as nine cars, including a motorcycle, were involved in several multi-vehicle crashes that closed part of I-84 east in Cheshire near the Southington line on Tuesday.
State police identified the motorcyclist who died as 62-year-old Charles Harold Tuscano of Middletown.
The crashes were reported just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday and the highway was closed between exits 27 and 28. As of a little after 9 p.m., the highway had fully reopened.
With regard to the motorcycle crash, state police said one vehicle, a Ford F-150 pickup truck, was stopped in heavy traffic on I-84 east just before exit 27.
Tuscano was traveling behind it.
Troopers said it had just rained and the roadway was wet.
Tuscano attempted to stop but instead veered left and struck the rear driver's side portion of the truck. He was ejected from the motorcycle.
Troopers said he was transported to St. Mary's Hospital where he died.
The driver of the truck, 42-year-old Robert John Pailman of Wallingford, was not hurt.
Police said following all of the crashes, four other people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Many drivers sat on the highway for hours while police investigated and cleared the scene of the crashes.
Bob Quealey and his son were part of the massive traffic jam, which left the highway closed for nearly four hours.
Drivers got out of their cars and did what they could to pass the time.
“I went on to your website actually to see if there was anything and I did see that it was a bad accident,” said Andrew Quealey, of Plainville.
Some drivers were frustrated by the delays, but after looking down at the wreckage, they understood.
“We have to keep in mind it's not about you, it's about the victim's they're might be something big going on just remember that and try to be patient,” said Katie Bostwick.
The investigation into what caused the crash continues.
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