Route 25 reopens after wrong-way crash in Trumbull, police say

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UPDATE: The driver of a sedan headed the wrong way on Route 25 on Wednesday was killed in the crash, state police said. The driver was identified as Shahid Malik, of Easton

TRUMBULL — Serious injuries were reported Wednesday after a driver heading the wrong way on Route 25 collided head-on with a FedEx vehicle, state police said.

The collision occurred between Exit 9 and Route 111, according to the state Department of Transportation.

State police said they responded to a reported wrong-way driver on Route 25 around 11:35 a.m. After that call, state police said they began receiving reports that the driver had struck a FedEx truck.

“Serious injuries were reported, but the extent is unknown at this time,” Trooper First Class Pedro A. Muñiz said in an email.

The state police accident reconstruction unit and the DOT were both on the scene to assist.

Photos of the scene sent to Hearst Connecticut Media showed a gray-colored sedan that appeared to have collided head-on with a white van. The front end of both vehicles appeared to have suffered heavy damage in the crash, and charring around the front of the van suggested it may have caught fire.

A large number of firefighters and emergency vehicles could be seen at the site of the crash.

Trumbull police said state police are handling the investigation. Local police were dispatched to assist.

A spokesperson with FedEx said the company is “cooperating fully with authorities as they conduct their investigation.”

“Our thoughts and condolences are with all those affected by this tragic incident,” the spokesperson said.

Police asked drivers to avoid the area. The crash was cleared just before 5:30 p.m., the DOT reported.

The incident marks a rare daytime wrong-way crash, which typically occur at night when drivers don’t realize they got on the highway going the wrong direction, according to state police.

Most of the fatal wrong-way crashes reported over the last two years involved impaired drivers whose blood-alcohol content was over the legal limit, or who had consumed marijuana, state figures show.

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