Crash on I-84 in Southington Wednesday not as serious as it appeared: state police

Published on Thursday, 16 May 2019 17:28


SOUTHINGTON - Despite appearing serious to the naked eye, no serious injuries were reported during a six-car crash on Interstate 84 on Wednesday, according to state police.

One woman, who has been identified as 56-year-old Mary Dean, of Beacon Falls, had to be extricated from a Subaru Legacy that was left completely unrecognizable. She suffered “suspected minor injuries,” state police said Thursday.

Dean, who was stopped on I-84 east in construction traffic, was struck in the rear by a tractor trailer around 1:51 p.m., according to state police. The Subaru was then sent into the jersey barrier and sustained very heavy damage.

Dean had to be extricated by firefighters for about 15 minutes.  She was taken to St. Mary's Hospital, in Waterbury.

After hitting the Subaru, the tractor trailer then struck two more vehicles, a Ford Explorer and a Saturn Ion, which were also stopped for construction. The Explorer was sent into the median barrier, while the Saturn was pushed into a Nissan Altima in front of it, state police said.

The tractor trailer then struck the jersey barrier.

During the collision, the Explorer lost its spare tire. The tire struck a Toyota Tacoma that was passing the crash in the left lane.

The driver and a passenger in the Explorer, two elderly Plantsville residents, were taken to the Hospital of Central Connecticut, in New Britain, for what state police described as possible injuries.

The other drivers and passengers involved were not injured, according to state police.

The tractor trailer was being driven by Benjamin Howell, 74, of Virginia. Howell was issued an infraction for following too close resulting in a collision.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Thursday, 16 May 2019 17:28. Updated: Thursday, 16 May 2019 17:30.