2 injured in truck crash on Route 44 in Ashford

ASHFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Route 44 has reopened in Ashford after a serious crash closed the road on Wednesday morning.

The Department of Transportation says that Route 44 has reopened after it was closed between Route 74 and Route 89 because of an accident involving two vehicles that was reported just after 6:30 p.m.

According to state police, a tri-axle truck driven by 36-year-old Laurence Costamello, of Brooklyn, was traveling west on Pompey Road when a Toyota Camry, driven by 21-year-old Shannon Turgeon, of Vernon, crossed over the double yellow divider from the eastbound lane. She then went into the westbound lane and struck the front of the truck.

The truck came to a rest in the westbound lane of Route 44, while the Camry came to a final rest in the eastbound shoulder.

Costamello was taken to Windham Hospital for minor injuries while Turgeon was taken to Hartford Hospital, also for minor injuries.

Turgeon was found to be at fault for the collision and was issued an infraction for failure to drive right. It’s unclear why she crossed over the double yellow divider.

Route 44 was closed for a while and drivers were urged to seek an alternate route. The road however has since been reopened to traffic.

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