A trucker from North Carolina was killed early Saturday, Dec. 1, when an out-of-control car smashed into his cab as he slept inside.
Mitchell G. Blankenship, 52, of Boomer, N.C., was in the sleeper section of his 1987 Freightliner, parked near the rest area on I-95 North around 2:26 a.m.
State Police reports indicate that Kevin Rojas, 25, of Stamford, was driving north in a 2009 Toyota Corolla, when he lost control of the car.
State Police said the car rolled, “catapulting onto the right shoulder.”
The car hit the driver’s side sleeper compartment of the truck, causing “intrusive collision damage.”
The Fairfield Fire Department found people trapped in both the truck and the Corolla. Firefighters began simultaneous extrications, and summoned additional fire and EMS personnel to the scene. Two engines, two ladder companies and the shift commander responded to I-95
“The vehicles were severely damaged and added to the challenge of gaining access to the victims at this scene,” Asst. Chief Scott Bisson said in a press release.
Rojas suffered a large cut to his head, according to State Police. His passenger, 24-year-old Esther Gonzalez of the Bronx, N.Y., complained of pain.
Blankenship was pronounced dead at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, according to State Police.
Ambulances from Access Ambulance and Westport EMS were called into Fairfield in addition to AMR to assist due to high call volume in Bridgeport.