Police identify person killed in I-91 crash

WTNH/Brian Knight
WTNH/Brian Knight


MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — One person has died in a two-car crash that left the northbound side of I-91 closed for several hours Friday evening.

Around 4 p.m. Friday, Connecticut State Police say a crash happened near exit 16 on I-91 south near the Meriden/Wallingford line. The northbound side of the highway was completely shutdown and the left lane of the southbound side was closed for several hours.

Police said life threatening injuries were reported in the crash and late Friday night, state police confirmed to News 8 that one person, 54-year-old Thomas Diaz of New Haven, died in the crash.

According to state police, two cars were driving on I-91 south and a third car was driving on I-91 north. That’s when police say Diaz traveled across the highway, hitting the other car traveling south, across the median and into the car traveling northbound. Diaz was ejected from his car and was taken to Midstate Medical Center where he died.

As of 9:30 p.m., police say the scene has cleared and the highway is back open.

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