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Car’s blown tire likely to blame for fiery fuel tanker crash that killed truck driver in Connecticut


Connecticut officials have provided more information about a Friday morning crash on the Gold Star Bridge in Groton.

According to Connecticut State Police (CSP), 911 calls began coming in around 11:15 a.m. on April 21 about a serious motor vehicle crash on I-95 southbound on the Gold Star Bridge.

According to Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, who spoke at a CSP news conference, it is believed that a tire blew out on a passenger vehicle, which resulted in a collision with a fuel tanker truck. Lamont said that the tanker rolled over and spilled about 2200 gallons of fuel.

The collision resulted in a large fire on the bridge, which reportedly spread to buildings underneath the bridge.

The truck driver died as a result of the crash.

Two people inside the passenger vehicle were hospitalized. Their condition is unknown.

While northbound I-95 has reopened, CSP says that southbound I-95 will be closed “for quite some time.”

“My heart goes out to the family of the truck driver,” Lamont said.

The crash remains under investigation.


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