PORT CHESTER, N.Y. (WTNH) – One person dies in a crash involving a Connecticut National Guard vehicle on I-95 in Port Chester, New York. For much of Thursday, a pile of rubble and destruction lined a roadway crossing two states.
“I go down this highway all the time, so the fact that something like this happened right here is just surprising,” said neighbor Matt Brunner.
A Connecticut National Guard vehicle was traveling on I-95 southbound next to exit 21 in Port Chester, New York. It was transporting training material to Fort Dix, N.J. What happened next, neighbors like Karina Ramirez could hear from their doorstep.
“I live right here and I heard early in the morning I heard the crash and I was here earlier and it’s really devastating,” said Ramirez.
One solder was killed and another injured in the collision, which involved a car bearing what looked to be Connecticut license plates.
This was not just an event that shook those living in the Empire State. People in Connecticut are also working at coming to terms with what happened. Officials with the Connecticut National Guard held a press conference at the State Armory in Hartford where they offered their condolences and pledged their support for those impacted.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has ordered flags be lowered in the soldiers’ honor until their burial.