2 dead in I-91 wrong-way driver accident

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Sep. 23—WINDSOR — Part of Interstate 91 was closed early this morning after a wrong-way driver hit another vehicle, causing two fatalities, state police said.

Dominique Nicole Loiselle, of Brighton, Massachusetts, and James L. Bowen of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, both 25-years-old, were traveling in a Nissan Altima headed south in the northbound lane when their car struck a tractor-trailer head-on. They were both pronounced dead at the scene, state police said.

The truck driver, Jean-Louis Jephthe of Florida, was taken to Hartford Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

State Police from Troop H barracks said they received numerous 911 calls shortly after 12:30 a.m. early today reporting a vehicle travelling south on the northbound lanes of I-91, south of Exit 38 in Windsor.

Police said that after the two vehicles collided in the center lane, the truck came to an "uncontrolled" rest straddling the right shoulder swale between the HOV and the travel lanes. Both vehicles were disabled and towed from the scene.

The highway in the area was shut down for hours, but reopened to traffic shortly before 7 a.m., police said.

The accident remains under investigation. Anyone with information, particularly those with vehicles equipped with dash cameras driving through the area at the time of the accident, are asked to contact State Police Trooper Michael Dean at Troop H by email at michael.dean@ct.gov or by calling 860-534-1098.