NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Firefighters say two women ran away from a deadly accident on Interstate 91. The crash sparked a car fire that killed one person and injured six others.
Police say a pickup truck, Jeep, and car all crashed into each other on the highway around 3AM Sunday morning. All of it happened around Exit 11 on I-91 North.
Police say 34-year-old Benjamin Morant of New Haven died on scene. Six others were rushed away in an ambulance. North Haven firefighters say they had to put out a fire that had the pickup truck engulfed in flames.
“They could see a glow in the sky. So they knew they escalated a response from there,” said North Haven Fire Chief Paul Januszewski. “It was a chaotic scene there were a lot of cars initially that had pulled over.”
He says his crews helped multiple victims and put out a gasoline fed fire that was spreading. Januszewski says they tried to help a woman with a bloody nose, but she had other plans.
“We were in the middle of caring for and treating, insisting that she stay with personnel on scene so we can render care and she in fact left yes,” said Januszewski.
He says she and another woman didn’t stick around for police.
“[She was] complaining that she was cold and wanted to go sit back in the car that was parked further up the highway and then we could not find her again,” said Januszewski. “We’re so tied up in the extinguishment of the car and treating patients. There were 6 patients. We’re treating the patients that need us the most but naturally things are just happening around us and people are coming and going and we can’t even control. We’re too busy with what’s happening right then and there.”
Police say Benjamin Morant Jr., 34, of New Haven died in the car. Six more were hurt, but are expected to be ok. Now, police are hoping witnesses will come forward.
“Unfortunately there were no eyewitnesses to the crash so they are looking for people to help them piece together what happened. Of course, they’re going to speak to the operators and occupants of the other vehicles, however, some of them were transported to the hospital with injuries. So, that’s going to take a little bit of time,” said Trooper Kelly Grant, Connecticut State Police.
The state police accident reconstruction unit is helping with the investigation.