Driver ID’d in fatal dump truck crash on I-95

Police investigate the scene of a fatal truck accident that shut down traffic on northbound I-95 north of exit 40 in Milford on Thursday, Nov. 1. The truck had its bed raised and struck the Quarry Road overpass.

A dump truck with its rear box bed raised slammed into a bridge on I-95, killing the driver and closing down the northbound highway for hours in Milford on Thursday, Nov. 1.

The driver of a dump truck that was killed after his vehicle struck an I-95 overpass has been identified as a Middletown man.

The victim was identified as Anthony Edward Drozd, 63, of Congdon Street.

Drozd was tossed from his vehicle after the truck hit the highway overpass between Exits 40 and 41 around 7:45 a.m. Thursday.

The force of the impact ripped the rear box bed off the truck’s wheels and mangled the driver’s cab. The truck was left overturned, blocking all three lanes of I-95 and shutting down the highway until around 3 p.m.

The accident report said the truck’s dump body was raised just before impact. After it struck the overpass and broke away.

A vehicle driven by Susan Jackson of Greenwich struck the dump body. She received minor injuries.

State police said “at some point unbeknownst to the (dump truck) driver, the dump body became raised, or was unintentionally left in the raised position, and remained in the up position, or partial up position as the vehicle traveled north in the right lane.”

Jackson, driving a 2017 Lexus RX 350, saw the dump body up in the air as she approached the Quarry Road overpass and as a result, began changing lanes to her left, to get further away from the dump truck.

As Jackson was beginning to change lanes, the dump body (which was clearly raised) collided with the overhead DOT sign structure holding the sign that said Exit 41 Marsh Hill Road 3/4 mile.

“The impact caused the truck to roll over onto its driver side, at which point the operator (Drozd) was ejected from the cab of his truck and onto the roadway. After striking the overpass/overhead sign, the truck’s dump body broke free from the trucjk and twisted around and at some point (Jackson’s) vehicle collided with it.”

Drozd was located between the center and right lanes with serious injuries.

He was transported to Yale New Haven Hospital, where he died shortly after arriving.

Jackson was also taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.