A man was killed in a crash involving a fire truck that happened on Route 9 south in Essex on Tuesday evening.

State police identified the victim as 80-year-old William Spitzschuh of Deep River.

The crash was reported at about 7 p.m. and shut down the highway for several hours. It involved an Essex fire truck.

State police said the fire truck was stopped on the highway after responding to a crash in the area of exits 3 and 4 on Route 9 south.

That’s when the fire truck was struck from behind by a Toyota Corolla.

Troopers initially said life-threatening injuries were reported, and that the Life Star emergency helicopter had been requested to the scene.

They said later Tuesday evening that the driver of the Corolla had died at the scene.

Essex fire crews said a firefighter suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

They took to their Facebook page, saying "Here's an update regarding the motor vehicle accidents that occurred tonight on Route 9 south, between exits 4 and 3. The department responded to a motor vehicle accident at this location. As is standard protocol, heavy fire apparatus was positioned to protect the scene where firefighters and other emergency personnel were working. A passenger car heading southbound in the right-hand lane, apparently unaware of the emergency activity, struck one of the department's engines. One EFD firefighter received minor injuries from this second crash and was transported to the hospital for evaluation. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes."

Drivers were rerouted off Exit 4 for most of the night on Tuesday.

The highway reopened just after 11 p.m.

Fire officials in Old Saybrook said their crews were assisting in the crash investigation and helping cover calls in the town of Essex.

Follow traffic updates



Copyright 2016 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.


Digital Content Producer

Recommended for you