UPDATE: Truck driver died in I-95 roll over

The driver of the truck that flipped on its side on I-95 northbound, near exit 23, Thursday morning, died from his injuries.

The driver was identified as John Collett, 32, of Wallingford.

The accident is under investigation by State Police, with assistance of the Fairfield Police Department’s accident investigation team.

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On Thursday, April 2, at 9:59 a.m., Fairfield Firefighters responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident with injury involving a large truck on I-95 northbound near the exit 23 off ramp.

Lt. Patrick Barry arrived on scene and reported the driver trapped and unresponsive inside the cab of a roll-off trailer truck. The truck collided with the Kings Hwy overpass, causing damage to the bridge, prior to striking the guard rail and coming to rest on its drivers side.

Fairfield Engines 1, 2, 4, and 4, Ladders 1 and 2, Cars 1, 2, 3 and 5 responded to the scene. Fairfield Police, State Police, State DEEP, State DOT, and CTR (Connecticut Tank Recovery) responded. Firefighters used heavy rescue equipment to remove the roof of the tractor trailer cab, cut back the guard rail, and access the driver who was taken by AMR ambulance to Bridgeport Hospital. The driver’s condition was extremely critical.

According to Asst. Chief George Gomola, the incident commander, “Fairfield Firefighters did an amazing job of removing the driver from the wreckage in a safe and timely manner. I have never seen steel guard rail wrapped around inside a vehicle like it had in this incident. This was a very difficult extrication that resolved quite quickly due to high level of training and professionalism demonstrated by our firefighters.”

The last fire unit left the scene at 12:40 p.m. Mutual aid units from Bridgeport and Westport assisted with station coverage and incident response in Fairfield during the incident. Traffic was slowed on I-95 for about two hours and the roadway on the Kings Hwy overpass was reduced to a single lane awaiting inspection from State DOT Inspectors to examine damage to bridge.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Connecticut State Police. Chief Richard Felner, DC Kyran Dunn, and Safety Officer AC Chris Tracy were on scene.

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