Driver identified following deadly fiery I-91 south crash in East Windsor

A tractor trailer and car fire closed a portion of I-91 southbound early Monday morning.
Published: Aug. 15, 2022 at 6:03 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2022 at 12:34 PM EDT
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EAST WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) - State police released the name of a driver killed in a fiery crash on Interstate 91 in East Windsor earlier this week.

Owen Thomas Contreras, 19, of Granby was identified as the victim.

The crash closed a portion of I-91 southbound late Sunday night into early Monday morning.

State police said that at first, they were unable to identify the driver of vehicle. The person, later identified as Contreras, was pronounced dead on the scene.

They were also not able to identify the Contreras vehicle.

Troopers and fire officials said the highway was closed at exit 44 southbound around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday.

As of 6:30 a.m. on Monday, however, it reopened. Only the exit 44 off ramp was closed for the duration of the Monday morning commute.

Troopers said the vehicle and the tractor trailer made contact in the right lane of I-91. That caused the fire.

Contreras’s vehicle came to an uncontrolled rest facing southwest in the right lane near the exit 44 off ramp.

The driver of the tractor trailer suffered minor injuries.

The East Windsor Fire Department helped with the vehicle fire.

Anyone with information about how the crash happened was asked to contact state police.

For real-time traffic updates, check the Channel 3 traffic map here.

Part of I-91 in East Windsor was closed early Monday morning for a crash that involved a tractor trailer and a car.