WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — One person has died in a two-car crash in the median on Interstate 91 south in Wallingford Friday morning.
State police said that at 1:16 a.m. two cars were driving on I-91 south near exit 15 in Wallingford. Police say that 27-year-old Charles White of Middletown fell asleep while driving and hit another vehicle. The vehicle that was stuck veered to the left median and struck the bridge pillar. The vehicle then caught fire.
The driver, 73-year-old Francisco Gimenez of N.Y., was pulled from the burning car by a passing truck driver. Gimenez was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital with open leg fractures. When he arrived, they determined his injuries were more extensive than they originally thought. Gimenez passed away while at the hospital.
After hitting Gimenez’s car, White’s vehicle veered to the right and crashed into a culvert off the right shoulder. The car sustained heavy front end damage. White did not sustain any injuries from the crash.
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While closed, traffic was diverted off of the highway and onto local streets to get around the accident. Drivers were able to get back on 91 south after Exit 15. The highway was reopened by 7:00 a.m.