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2 teen girls dead in Cromwell car crash on Rt. 9


CROMWELL, Conn. (WTNH) — Part of Route 9 South near Exit 20 in Cromwell was shut down temporarily early Tuesday morning due to a fatal car crash.

Officials say the accident happened around 10 p.m. Monday when a vehicle lost control and traveled off the left side of the highway and struck an embankment and rolled over. Both passengers of the car were ejected during the rollover sequence.

The driver, 18-year-old, Tavien Harris, of Middletown, sustained a possible injury, according to police.

The front seat passenger, 14-year-old Sophia Brancaccio, of Middletown, was ejected from the vehicle and initially came to a stop on the highway where she was struck by an unknown car. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second passenger, 16-year-old Chloe Russell, of Middletown, was transported to Hartford Hospital where she was subsequently pronounced deceased.

The collision remains under investigation.

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