MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Connecticut State Police confirmed that one person died in a multi-car crash on 1-91 southbound in Meriden on Friday afternoon.
State Police said Troop I – Bethany received a report of a multi-vehicle accident involving a fuel spill on I-91 southbound in the area of exit 18 in Meriden around 1:54 p.m. State police report the traffic was heavy and slow-moving before the crash.
Troopers say two cars were stopped for traffic when a third car was struck in the rear by a fourth car. The impact caused the three cars in front of the fourth car to hit each other.
The operator of the third vehicle sustained a possible injury and was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital by Nelson Ambulance.
Police say the operator of the fourth vehicle was unable to be resuscitated and was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver is identified as Robert Holcomb, 81, of Wallingford.
All vehicles involved in the accident were towed from the scene. The Connecticut State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Squad was called to the scene and assisted in the investigation.
The Department of Transportation closed Interstate 91 southbound in the area of Exit 18 for approximately three hours.
The accident remains under investigation. If anyone has information regarding the crash contact Connecticut State Police Troop I Barracks at 203-393-4200.
The highway has since reopened.