One person dead after multiple multi-vehicle accidents on I-84 east in Cheshire

(WTNH / Ron Kauffman)

CHESHIRE, Conn. (WTNH) — One person has died after several multi-vehicle accidents on I-84 east in Cheshire on Tuesday night.

According to Connecticut Department of Transportation, I-84 eastbound between exits 26 and 27 was closed after multiple multi-vehicle accidents.

Troopers said a motorcycle was involved in a multi-vehicle accident that happened at around 5:30 p.m. Trooper Kelly Grant initially reported that the motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries.

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Trooper Grant told News 8 that there were multiple multi-vehicle accidents, not one large multi-vehicle crash as originally reported. There is no word on how many vehicles total were involved in the accidents.

2017 06 27cheshireaccident One person dead after multiple multi vehicle accidents on I 84 east in Cheshire
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Due to the accidents, there was almost a 7 mile congestion. The DOT says the congestion spanned approximately 6.8 miles between exits 23 and 27.

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Troopers say four other people were transported to local hospitals for the evaluation of non-life threatening injuries.

At around 8:30 p.m., Troopers tweeted that wreckers were on the scene to remove the vehicles.

One of our viewers tells News 8 that traffic was redirected to an on-ramp and it was used to help drivers get off of the highway.

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(WTNH / Report-It / Jason Williams)

The highway fully reopened around 9:30 p.m.

Police have not released the identity of the person who died.

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