One dead after crash on Route 44 in Ashford

ASHFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — One person has died after a car accident in Ashford Wednesday morning.

Police say 24-year-old Ashley Ryba of Pomfret was traveling in a Toyota Prius west on Route 44 when she left the travel portion of the road and went into the right shoulder where she struck the metal beam guardrail. After she hit the guardrail, she traveled back onto the roadway and into the eastbound lane where she struck a truck being driven by 53-year-old Joel Stavens of Tolland, head-on around 9:00 a.m.

Ryba sustained life-threatening injuries in the accident was pronounced dead at the scene. It appears Stavens was not injured in the accident.

The accident remains under investigation.