State Police: 1 killed, several injured in crash in Westport

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WESTPORT, Conn. (WTNH) – Connecticut State Police say one person has died and several were injured in a crash on Interstate 95 in Westport early Saturday morning.

The crash occurred around 5:15 a.m. on Saturday morning near Exit 17 on the northbound side of the highway. According to State Police, a minivan being driven by 53-year-old Dembo Batchilly, of Bronx, New York, was traveling in the center lane when her car was struck from behind by a car being driven by 30-year-old Jacques Buchanan, of Yonkers, New York.

Troopers said the force of the impact caused Dembo to lose control, causing her minivan to veer off to the right and strike the wire guardrail on the shoulder of the roadway. The minivan then traveled down an embankment, where it struck several trees and rolled over.

A passenger in the minivan, later identified as 32-year-old Muhamad Bahaga, was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dembo, and another passenger, 36-year-old Ebou Fisiru, were both taken to Norwalk Hospital for what Troopers described as minor injuries.

The impact with the minivan also caused Buchanan’s car to strike a concrete barrier in the median of the highway. Buchanan was not injured in the crash, according to State Police.

Interstate 95 northbound was closed between Exits 17 and 18 for almost seven hours. Just after 12:30 p.m., officials at the Department of Transportation tweeted that the accident had been cleared.

State Police are still conducting their investigation into the crash.

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