FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) -- A woman who was eight-months pregnant was one of two people killed in a head on crash in Farmington Monday. A separate crash on I-84 left a Windsor man dead.
I-84 was shut down for more than three hours Monday night after Stephen Elliot, 19, of Winsor was ejected from his car and killed in West Hartford. It happened as the Columbus Day rush was in full swing in the afternoon.
Tempers flared as traffic backed up for miles. "People were honking and I understand, but somebody got hurt and there are worse things to get mad about," said Mara Ardeo, West Hartford.
"They are focused on getting home to their family and meanwhile, somebody is not going to get home to their family, and they don't realize that fact. And it's sad but that unfortunately what today is," said Scott Ardeo, West Hartford.
On Route 6 in Farmington, police spent hours reconstructing a head-on accident between a minivan and a sedan that left two people dead.
Killed in that crash were Melinda Hart, 27, of Bristol, who was eight months pregnant. The baby she was carrying did not survive. An eight-year-old boy who was in the minivan remains in intensive care at Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
Also killed in the crash was Ruth Carroll, 86, of Bristol. She was a passenger in the car that collided with Hart's minivan. The driver of the car, Robert Carroll, 85, remains in the hospital.
"It was a very chaotic scene," Lt. Colin Ryan, Farmington Police Department, said Monday. "Any time you have two vehicles in an accident where all six people were transported it's pretty unusual. And I can tell you from first hand, injuries were devastating on some of the individuals."
While first responders will be offered critical incident counseling, a chance to talk about the devastating accident, the reconstruction team will try and figure out what went wrong.
Police recreated the skid marks to see how fast the vehicles were going. One of the points they want you to drive home is how fast you have to be going to create that kind of an accident, to create that kind of skid mark. And police say, especially around the holidays, you need to take the drive a little bit slower.
"The main concerns are speed and traffic rules, and be diligent on the road. You have to drive defensively in this day and age," said Ryan.
Two other children who were in the minivan, ages four and six, have been released from the hospital, police said Tuesday morning.
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