On Monday, January 11th, two motorists lost their lives in a multi-vehicle collision involving two cars and a tractor-trailer. The accident occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95, just south of exit 72 in East Lyme.
The very next day, a tractor-trailer collided with another semi-truck on the same stretch of road. This accident occurred in the early morning on Tuesday, January 12th, between exits 70 and 71 on I-95 in Old Lyme/East Lyme. A truck traveling northbound in the far right lane jackknifed after colliding with a disabled semi parked on the highway’s narrow right shoulder. Both drivers were transported to area hospitals and treated for their injuries.
Over 1,000 accidents have occurred in a recent four-year period on I-95 in Old Lyme and East Lyme, as reported in an article by The Day online. More than 250 of these accidents involved injury, and eight involved fatalities. East Lyme First Selectman Mark Nickerson is quoted in the article as referring to the situation on this stretch of road as a “crisis.” This section of interstate is considered to be the most dangerous stretch of road in the state east of the Connecticut River. Several factors may come together to make this particular portion of highway so dangerous: the curves in the road; the narrowing of the highway from four lanes to two; recent construction in the area; speeding of motorists, including commercial vehicles, to make up for lost time in more congested areas; and the many exits along the highway. Officials have commented that this portion of I-95 could use an additional lane to ease congestion, and that the nearby I-95/I-395 interchange could stand to be reconfigured.
Any changes to the highway itself would likely take years to implement. In the meantime, motorists are urged to drive more slowly on this particularly dangerous five-mile stretch of road, and an increased police presence may help remind people to drive more slowly. Unfortunately, all the care and caution in the world may not protect you from another driver who is speeding, distracted or driving while overly fatigued, especially if that driver is behind the wheel of an 80,000 pound tractor-trailer.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a Connecticut car or truck accident in Hartford or New Haven County, contact The APEX Law Firm, LLC at (860) 900-0900 in New Britain or 203-877-4141 in Milford.