STAMFORD, CT – A man died last Tuesday morning after a truck accident on a Connecticut highway. The collision between the van and tractor trailer happened on Interstate 95 in Stamford, Fairfield County, CT. The accident area is in the far southwest corner of the state near the New York border, 21 miles southwest of Bridgeport, CT and 39 miles northeast of New York City.
Shortly before 5:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, 28 year old Xiaoyuan Huang of Flushing, New York was driving a Toyota Sienna van north in the right lane on Interstate 95 between exits 5 and 6 in the city of Stamford, CT.
Mr. Huang was reportedly stopped in the lane, or was driving very slowly, when a tractor trailer truck driven by 78 year old Clarence Edwards of Flemington, New Jersey, came up on the Toyota van from behind. According to the police, Mr. Edwards attempted to maneuver his semi truck and swerve around the van, but was unable to avoid rear ending the back of the smaller vehicle.
After being hit by the tractor truck, the Toyota went onto the right side of the interstate and smashed into the guardrail. The 18 wheeler went across the northbound lanes and crashed into the barrier in the center median of the interstate.
Local emergency personnel responded to the scene of the truck accident and used tools to extricate Mr. Huang from his Toyota van. He was treated at the scene of the collision and then transported to nearby Stamford Hospital. Officials reported that Mr. Huang suffered fatal injuries in the accident and died a short time later at the hospital.
Mr. Edwards, the truck driver, was not injured in the truck accident.
Authorities shut down the northbound lanes of I-95 causing delays during the morning commuter traffic. CT State Police were diverting northbound traffic off the interstate at Exit 6 and allowing it back on at an entrance farther north on the highway, and later opened up a northbound lane to traffic.
Highway crews spent several hours clearing the truck accident wreckage from the interstate. Connecticut State Police and Department of Transportation authorities were also at the scene investigating and reconstructing the truck collision.
All of the northbound lanes of I-95 were reopened around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
At this time no charges or citations have been made. The truck accident remains under investigation.
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