MANSFIELD, CT (WFSB) – A University of Connecticut student was killed in a crash that happened in Mansfield Thursday night, the school confirmed.
State police identified the victim as 21-year-old Thomas Paul Leahy of Tolland.
While UConn confirmed that Leahy was a student, it did not yet have specifics on his major or any other role at the school.
Route 195 in Mansfield was closed following a fatal crash, which in addition to Leahy's SUV involved a transit bus.
The crash happened between Bassetts Bridge and Mansfield Hollow.
According to the Mansfield Fire Department, Leahy was driving the SUV north on Storrs Road, also known as Route 195, when he cross the double yellow line and struck the bus.
The bus belongs to the Windham Region Transit District.
A driver was the only person on the bus. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
"It's very difficult no matter how long you do this work, when you see something like this it's sad because you always think it could have been avoided, but we don't know. We do our best, we stay focused, we are professional, we do our job," said Deputy Chief William Jordan, Mansfield Fire Department.
Lifestar Medical Helicopter was called to the scene, but canceled.
Leahy was pronounced dead at the scene.
State police said the cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact them at 860-896-3200.