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Police identify victim of fatal I-91 crash in Rocky Hill, child remains in critical condition

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (WTNH) - Interstate 91 southbound has reopened in Rocky Hill after a fatal three vehicle crash closed the highway on Tuesday morning. 

Connecticut State Police say that at around 9:44 a.m., troopers responded to I-91 southbound near exit 23 for a three vehicle crash where there was a rollover, ejection and fatality. 

According to the troopers, three people, including a child, were ejected from the vehicle and the Life Star helicopter was notified.

Later that afternoon, police stated that 60-year-old Benjamin Bidwell of Middletown suffered a fatal injury during the crash.

Officials said Bidwell moved his vehicle from the right lane to the center lane before moving to the left again, striking two vehicles.

All three occupants of Bidwell's vehicle were ejected. 2-year-old Noah Alexander was transported to a local hospital and is in critical condition. His father, 31-year-old Joshua Gootkin, was also brought to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The operator of the first vehicle Bidwell struck did not suffer an injury, while the driver of the second vehicle suffered a possible injury.

The Department of Transportation reports that I-91 Southbound was closed between Exits 24 and 23 because of the overturned motor vehicle. The highway has since reopened to traffic. 

The crash remains under investigation. 


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