One person was killed and a child was injured in a crash on I-91 in Rocky Hill on Tuesday morning.

The three-car crash happened on I-91 south near exit 23, just before 9:50 a.m.

The highway was closed between exits 23 and 24 for a few hours, but the left and center lanes have reopened as of just before 1:30 p.m. Delays in the area continue.

Police said a 2-year-old child was thrown from a Jeep involved in the crash, and is being treated at the hospital and is in critical condition.

One person was killed in the crash. He has been identified as Benjamin Bidwell, 60, of Middletown.

The child's father, Joshua Gootkin, of Middletown, has non-life threatening injuries.

The Life Star emergency helicopter was notified about the crash but did not respond.

State Police said the car driven by Bidwell moved from the right to right center lane of I-91 southbound, then moved to the left again and hit two cars.

Bidwell's car rolled over and all three occupants were ejected.

Neighbors came to a nearby overpass to see what happened after hearing the sirens.

"There's a Jeep and it looks like maybe there is a baby seat in the middle of the highway, so it doesn't look good from here and from our vantage point but hopefully everyone is safe and is at least gonna survive it," said Jim Ponte of Rocky Hill.

Traffic statistics from the past five years show there have been five deadly or serious injury crashes on I-91 in Rocky Hill.

However, those who live and work near the road said they've seen more crashes happen.

“Lately between exit 23 and 24, we’ve seen a lot of crashes," said Marjana Lauri, of Town Line Diner.

About a month ago, Channel 3 met up with the State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction team. It’s a seven-member team on call 24 hours a day.

Analyzing a crash of this magnitude takes several hours on the scene but then on the back end, they will need to process everything they collected.

Channel 3 streamed lived pictures from a DOT traffic camera on its Facebook page here.

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



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