Driver seriously injured in 9 vehicle crash on I-95 in Fairfield

(Photo: Fairfield Fire Department)

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)– A driver was seriously injured after a nine vehicle accident involving three tractor trailers on I-95 in Fairfield.

The fire department says at 1:16 a.m., crews responded to a nine vehicle accident on I-95, in the area of Exit 19 Northbound, involving three tractor trailers. When they arrived on scene, they found that a driver was trapped under a box trailer.

Police say 25-year-old Kyree Javar Blanford was traveling in the right lane I-95 northbound, north of exit 19, when his tractor trailer struck a metal beam guardrail and a DOT light pole. A second tractor trailer truck, driven by 69-year-old Thomas Cornish, then also hit the DOT light pole that was subsequently knocked down across all three northbound lanes.

A Hyundai Sonata, driven by 44-year-old Tom Barberino, had attempted to avoid the previous accident that had just occurred and involved multiple other vehicles. State police say it’s still unclear if he hit the light pole but he lost control and struck the rear of the Cornish’s tractor trailer that was pulled over.

Officials say it took seventeen firefighters for “this labor extensive operation.”  Firefighters had to use pneumatic struts and air bags to lift the box trailer, while compressing the suspension of the pinned car. A grip hoist also had to be used to remove the car from under the box trailer.

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First responders on the scene of a multi-car crash on Interstate 95 in Fairfield Tuesday morning (Photo: Fairfield Fire Department)

After that, Barberino was extricated using hydraulic cutting and spreading tools. He was then taken by ambulance to Bridgeport Hospital with serious injuries.

Blanford was also taken to the hospital for treatment of a possible injury. Cornish was not injured.

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(Photo: Fairfield Fire Department)

The highway was closed on the northbound side for about an hour. State police and DOT crews remained on scene for the investigation and restoration.

It is unknown if the cause of the crash was weather related.

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