CT National Guard truck involved in fatal NY crash

CT National Guard truck crash on I-95 in Port Chester, NY, killed one guardsman and injured a second, Aug. 7, 2014. (WABC)

PORT CHESTER, NY (WTNH) — One Connecticut National Guard soldier was killed and a second injured in a crash involving a Connecticut National Guard vehicle on I-95 in Port Chester, New York.

The crash happened around 10:20 a.m. right at Exit 21, where I-95 southbound connects with I-287.

In an updated statement, the National Guard said, “The light medium tactical vehicle (LMTV) transporting training material to Fort Dix, New Jersey, was involved in a muli-vehicle motor vehicle accident on I95 southbound in Port Chester, New York.

“Identification is pending notification of the next of kin,” the statement said.

A CT National Guard vehicle overturned on I-95 in Port Chester, NY, Aug. 7, 2014. (WTNH / Josh Scheinblum)
A CT National Guard vehicle overturned on I-95 in Port Chester, NY, Aug. 7, 2014. (WTNH / Josh Scheinblum)

A Report It picture sent to News 8 shows the military truck on its roof, and people laying on the ground. Some of those people were being treated for injuries.

One lane of traffic was getting by the crash scene. The Connecticut Department of Transportation reports:

Delays. I-95 Southbound is congested at the New York State line due to an accident in New York (4.6 miles). Reported Thursday, August 7 at 10:31 am.

No details were available on when the crash scene would be cleared.

Governor Dannel Malloy directed U.S. and state flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the Connecticut National Guard member who died this afternoon.  Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman released the following statement:

“The men and women of the National Guard provide an invaluable service to our state and our country – they are extraordinary ambassadors for Connecticut and the United States. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of all of those involved in today’s accident. We join the Connecticut National Guard in mourning the loss of one of our brave soldiers, and our prayers for a quick and full recovery go out to the soldier who was injured.”

Comments are closed.