Driver killed when car hits truck parked in rest area

Fairfield firefighters work at the scene of a fatal accident in the rest area on I-95 south Wednesday, Dec. 12. The Fairfield Sun has obscured the license plate pending identification of the victim. (Fairfield Fire Department Photo)

Fairfield firefighters work at the scene of a fatal accident in the rest area on I-95 south Wednesday, Dec. 12. The Fairfield Sun has obscured the license plate pending identification of the victim. (Fairfield Fire Department Photo)

The driver of a Nissan Sentra was killed late Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the second fatal accident in as many weeks involving a tractor trailer parked at the entrance to a Fairfield rest area.

The Fairfield Fire Department found the driver dead and trapped in his vehicle at 11:10 p.m. after the car hit the back of a trailer parked just off  I-95 south in the rest area near Exit 21.

The driver is only identified as a man about 41 years old, pending notification of family by State Police.

An engine, two ladder companies and the shift commander responded to the scene, along with an ambulance from AMR.

The truck was placarded as carrying flammable liquids. Fire personnel ensured that there were no leaks of the chemicals from the truck in addition to the routine hazards from the accident.

Fire personnel remained on scene for two hours to assist State Police and the Medical Examiner with removal of the victim.

The accident remains under investigation by the Connecticut State Police.

“This is the second fatal vehicle accident in the past two weeks where a tractor trailer parked in the rest area were struck by passenger cars from the highway,”

Assistant Fire Chief Scott Bisson said.

On Dec. 1, 2012, a tractor trailer was struck by an out-of-control car, killing the truck driver as he slept on the northbound side rest area of I-95 near exit 21.

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