ORANGE, Conn. (WTNH) – One person has died after a tractor-trailer crash that caused lane closures Monday morning on Route 34 in Orange, according to police.
Police said both eastbound and westbound lanes on Route 34 were closed between Mapledale Road and Racebrook Road due to the crash. They were reopened late afternoon.
Orange Fire Department Fire Chief Vaughan Dumas said during a press conference that officials responded to the crash around 3:55 a.m. at the intersection of Racebrook Road and Orange Center Road.
Dumas said the tractor-trail was traveling westbound on Route 34 when it collided with another vehicle at the intersection. The tractor-trailer then went off the road and hit both a telephone pole and a tree.
An occupant of the vehicle that was hit died as a result of their injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. Dumas said it is unknown at this time if more occupants were involved in the crash.
Power in the area was shut off, and state police have been called in to assist with the crash.
There is no ETA as to when the lanes will reopen, but police say they expect it to be closed for the next several hours.
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