The crash took place at approximately 6:30 a.m. Friday morning, when a tractor-trailer truck left the roadway and went down an embankment.
#BREAKING Heavy delays on I-95 southbound after a deadly crash. A truck flipped down an embankment near exits 41 & 40. Heavy delays! @WTNH pic.twitter.com/lu4qyx4jol— Laura Hutchinson (@LauraHutch8) January 11, 2019
Connecticut State Police said the truck driver, 57-year-old Jean Fabre-benoit, of Prospect, did not survive the crash.
Milford fire officials confirm that Fabre-benoit was killed in the crash after he was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated. Fire crews say that the extrication was complicated by having to remove trees and brush, and because of spilled diesel fuel and a nearby stream.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was also on scene due to hazardous fluids that leaked out of the truck.
One person is dead. That tractor trailer went down the embankment on 95 south between the Milford rest area and exit 40. One lane is getting by. pic.twitter.com/DIaWIWMGhq— Kent Pierce (@kentpierce8) January 11, 2019
The accident caused heavy delays on both sides of the highway for most of the day on Friday. All lanes were back open around 4:00 p.m.
The cause of the crash is unknown and remains under investigation. If you witnessed this crash, or have any information that could help State Police in their investigation, you’re asked to call State Police Troop G in Bridgeport at 203-696-2500.