State and local authorities in Bridgeport, Connecticut, responded to the scene of a fiery crash on Interstate 95 early Saturday morning. A vehicle allegedly crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer while traveling the wrong way. In addition to reportedly injuring at least two people, the crash closed the interstate down for several hours, causing backups up to 2-1/2 miles until the road reopened around midmorning.
Though currently in stable condition, the driver of the wrong-way vehicle reportedly sustained serious injuries requiring hospitalization following extrication from the vehicle by firefighters. A passenger in the vehicle sustained minor injuries. It is not certain whether this passenger received any medical treatment. The driver of the tractor-trailer reportedly remains uninjured. Initial reports suggested that a third person sustained injuries in the crash, but this is unclear.
The crash occurred at exit 27A on I-95 in Bridgeport. It is unknown why the driver of the passenger vehicle was allegedly traveling in the wrong direction, but the force of the collision reportedly ruptured the saddle diesel tanks on the truck and caused the tractor-trailer to ignite. When authorities arrived at the scene, both vehicles had become engulfed in flames.
Because the collision occurred on an interstate highway, state law enforcement is handling the investigation into the crash. There is no indication of whether authorities intend to file criminal charges.
It may be possible to recover damages for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident resulting from someone else’s reckless or negligent driving. Victims of such an accident may find it worthwhile to consult an attorney with experience in handling personal injury claims.