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Trucker Killed in Early Morning Crash on I-95 in Fairfield [Update]

Three victims had to be extricated from the two vehicles, which were badly damaged in the crash, according to a report from the Fairfield Fire Department.

Update, 11:00 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1:

The trucker involved in an early morning accident on I-95 in Fairfield reportedly died after being transported to St. Vincent's Medical Center.

According to an updated report in the CT Post, Mitchell G. Blankenship, 52, of Boomer, N.C., died from injuries he sustained when his tractor trailer cab, which was parked at the I-95 norhtbound rest stop, was struck by a car.

The two occupants of the car were taken to Bridgeport Hospital, where they were treated and released, according to the CT Post report.

Original report:

Three people were injured in an early Saturday morning motor vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer and car on I-95 north in Fairfield.

The three victims had to be extricated from their vehicles, which were badly damaged in the crash, according to a report from the Fairfield Fire Department.

The accident occurred at about 2:26 a.m. near the northbound I-95 rest stop.

On arrival, fire personnel reportedly found all three victims trapped in their vehicles and initiated simultaneous extrications with hydraulic rescue tools. Access Ambulance and Westport EMS were called to assist due to high call volume in the City of Bridgeport, the report states.

The victims' injuries ranged from minor to life threatening, according to the report.

"The vehicles were severely damaged and [that] added to the challenge of gaining access to the victims at this scene," Fairfield Assistant Chief Scott Bisson said in the report.

The accident remains under investigation by the Connecticut State Police.

Anonymous December 03, 2012 at 03:26 AM
The man killed was my second cousin. Please think before you drink and drive. Our family has never lost anyone tragically like this, to something that could easily have been prevented. His mother just lost her husband a few months prior to this. It has been very hard on our family. Please think about the consequences of your actions, before you drink and drive!
Buddy Fullerton December 03, 2012 at 11:27 AM
We have lots of friends in Boomer. We will be attending Gordos services. Growing up we all called Mitchell "Gordo". Maybe we will see you there.

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