2 people killed in Waterbury crash

Emergency responders at the scene of a serious crash on the exit 35 off-ramp of Route 8 in Waterbury (Photo: Connecticut DOT)

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Waterbury Police are investigating what caused a double fatal crash at the bottom of a Route 8 exit ramp in Waterbury Friday morning.

Just before 8:30 a.m., officers responded to the exit 35 off ramp near Watertown Avenue and Windsor Street on a report of a serious crash. Emergency responders were on the scene for several hours.

The accident caused some drivers to be rerouted as police closed off East Aurora Street for crash scene investigators. Drivers were shocked as word of the double-fatal accident got out.

“It’s a sad situation,” said Edward Barnes. “Two people killed.”

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Waterbury police investigating a double fatal crash off a Route 8 exit ramp Friday (WTNH / George DeYounge)

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Police confirm that two people have died in the crash. Their identities have not been released, pending notification of their families.

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(WTNH / George DeYounge)

It is unclear if anyone else was hurt in the crash. No further details were immediately available.

Police tell News 8 that there have been a number of crashes at this intersection in the past. On May 19, 2007, two Waterbury fire trucks responding to a fire collided in this same location. Fire Captain John Keane was killed in that 2007 crash. Bill Cass says he saw that crash and saw the crash this morning. He’s the one who called it in to police. Cass — who owns a business right next to the scene — says this is a dangerous intersection.

“Horrifically dangerous,” Cass said.

“You come off Route 8, double lane exit, 65-70 miles an hour and they proceed here at the intersection and if you have to stop at that traffic light to make a left turn over here when those cars go by, your car shakes,” he said.

He recalls the deadly accident involving those fire trucks years ago,

“I stood and watched that happen,” he said.

He hopes safety measures are taken here so there will be no more days like that one — or this one.

“Something’s gotta get done about this,” he said.

News 8 will update this story with additional information as soon as it becomes available.