Connecticut State Police say that just before midnight, 29-year-old Thomas Murray, of Cheshire, was traveling north in the left center lane of I-91, near exit 7. During that time, 27-year-old Katherine Gavidia was driving south, the wrong way, at the same location. The two vehicles then collided head on.
Both Murrary and Gavidia were trapped in their vehicles and had to be extricated by fire crews.
Gavidia died from her injuries at the scene.
Murray, a New Haven Police Officer, was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital where he remains in serious condition. Police say he is undergoing surgeries for bilateral compound fractures of both legs, multiple fractures to his pelvis, many broken ribs and several other injuries.
“The New Haven Police Department was saddened upon hearing of the serious injuries sustained by Officer Thomas Murray. Our thoughts, prayers and well wishes go out to him and his family during histime of recovery. We also wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family of the woman killed in this tragic crash and pray for comfort for all those affected by this sad event,” said Chief Anthony Campbell, who was with Murray’s family overnight at the hospital.
According to police, Murray was on his way home from the department in his 2017 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck, just having finished his shift.
The Connecticut State Police Department shutdown I-91 northbound lanes at exits 6 through 8 for several hours Friday morning for the investigation. The highway has since reopened to traffic.
HEAVY DELAYS HERE IS YOUR UPDATED DETOUR OPTIONS —-> Use Exit 3 Trumbull Street to Whitney Ave if headed to Hamden. Use Exit 5 State Street to North Haven. Thru traffic on I-91 North follow State Street to Rt 40 connector and back on 91 North at Exit 10 https://t.co/O06nLILhfW— Alyssa Rae Taglia (@AlyssaRaeTaglia) October 5, 2018
TRAFFIC ALERT!! I-91 N b/w exits 6 & 8 in #NewHaven is closed due to a serious crash. Traffic being detoured off highway onto State St towards North Haven, where people can get back on highway. Major delays! No word on when highway will reopen. @WTNH pic.twitter.com/YlwUogwz7N— Brian Spyros (@BrianSpyros) October 5, 2018
The crash remains under investigation.