Truck Driver Dies In Fiery Crash After Being Struck By DUI Motorist

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A tanker truck driver lost his life last night after his truck was struck by an impaired motorist in Westport, Connecticut.

Mercedes Struck Truck On I-95

The crash happened on southbound I-95 near Exit 17 just before 7 p.m. According to reports, 64 year old truck driver Thomas Reynolds was traveling in the far right lane alongside 35 year old motorist Ramses T. Rival, driving a Mercedes in the center lane. State police say that the Mercedes struck the driver’s side of the tanker truck, causing it to veer to the right. The tanker hit a metal guardrail, rolled over onto the driver’s side, than collided with a light pole and a tree, and then caught fire.

The Mercedes also swerved right and struck a concrete barrier.

Reynolds was pronounced dead at the scene.

DUI Charges Filed, More Could Follow

Rival was not injured in the crash. He was arrested on DUI charges, but later released on a $10,000 bond.

Connecticut State Police say that the investigation into the crash is ongoing and more charges may be filed.

Southbound I-95 between Exit 17 and Exit 18 was closed for eleven hours for crash clean up and investigation.

Police are seeking witnesses to the crash; you can contact Connecticut State Police Troop B at 203-696-2500.

Sources:
NH Register
Fox 61
CBS New York
NBC New York