Slick roads lead to I-91 chain-reaction crash, Stockbridge fatality
Police say wet, slippery conditions contributed to multiple crashes around the region on Tuesday, including a fatal crash in Stockbridge.
Traffic was backed up on Route 107 in Stockbridge due to a two-car collision. Police say Philip Russell, of Niantic Connecticut, lost control of his car, crossed the centerline and collided with a truck. Russell was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The cause of this crash is also still under investigation.
A chain-reaction crash later in the day closed a section of Interstate 91 between exits 9 and 10 in the Hartland area, causing a major backup of southbound traffic. Emergency crews first responded to the Interstate for a crash involving a couple of tractor-trailer units. That crash set off a series of collisions that included the ambulance. At least one of the truck drivers was transported from the scene. Authorities say the ambulance crew was heading home from a call when it was rear-ended. No one was seriously hurt.
"The first significant snow down here for the season that came on quick, and you know people were just unprepared for that first initial freeze-up of the Interstate and we always have several accidents throughout the year when these happen," said Shawn Hannux with the Hartford Fire Department.
Emergency officials are reminding the public to slow down for the conditions.