BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) – Two people are dead and five people are injured after a wrong-way collision on Route 8 in Bridgeport Sunday night.
Around 8:30 p.m. the operator of a Ford traveling on Route 8 in Bridgeport hit multiple cars when driving northbound on the southbound side of the highway in the area near Exit #3, police said.
The Ford first struck an Acura that was traveling southbound. The impact of the crash caused a chain reaction collision to occur and the wrong way driver hit two other cars, a Mercedes-Benz and an Econoline E150.
Police said a woman who was the operator of the Acura was transported to Bridgeport Hospital where she was pronounced deceased. Police said the two children in her car sustained minor injuries. Police identified the victim as 41-year-old Monica Wilson of Westport, who was killed the day before her 42nd birthday.
According to the police, the passenger of the wrong-way driver in the Ford was killed in the crash and was pronounced deceased on the scene. Police identified the victim as 46-year-old Ananias Castillo-Icabalzeta.
The wrong-way driver of the Ford sustained life-threatening injuries and remains in critical condition at Saint Vincent’s Medical Center, according to police. He was identified as a 35-year-old Bridgeport man named Wilber Martinez.
The two operators of the Mercedes-Benz and an Econoline E150 sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to hospitals in the local area for treatment.
The Connecticut State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Squad (CARS) responded to the scene to support Troop G with the investigation. The crash remains under investigation.
Route 8 South was closed for five hours while police conducted the investigation.