Only minor injuries reported after multi-vehicle crash in Southington

Published on Thursday, 16 May 2019 20:41


SOUTHINGTON - Despite the significant damage caused, no serious injuries were reported as the result of a six-vehicle crash on Interstate 84 Wednesday, according to state police.

One woman, 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’s car, who was stopped on I-84 east in construction traffic, was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer around 1:50 p.m., according to state police. The Subaru was sent into the barrier and sustained heavy damage.

Dean had to be extricated from her vehicle by firefighters. She was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.

After hitting the Subaru, the truck 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 big rig then struck the barrier.

During the collision, the Explorer lost its spare tire., which hit 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, with possible injuries, state police said.

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 20:41. Updated: Thursday, 16 May 2019 20:44.