Enfield man killed in 7-vehicle crash that closed section of I-84 in West Hartford, police say

WEST HARTFORD — One person was killed in a crash involving seven vehicles on Interstate 84 on Monday morning, state police said. 

Gary Michael Carter, 58, of Enfield, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to state police. He would have turned 59 Tuesday. 

Five other people involved in the crash, four drivers and one passenger, suffered suspected minor injuries and were transported to Hartford Hospital, according to state police. Two others, both drivers, did not report any injuries and refused medical treatment, state police said.

The involved vehicles included a CTtransit bus, two tractor-trailers and a postal truck, according to state police. The crash occurred around 5 a.m. when the 2017 Volvo tractor-trailer Carter was driving rear-ended a CTransit bus stopped in traffic in the right-center lane on I-84 westbound near the Exit 44 off-ramp, setting off a cascade of collisions, state police said.

State police said no passengers were on the CTtransit bus at the time of the crash.

The crash closed the right and center westbound lanes of I-84 near Exit 44 in West Hartford for more than nine hours before the scene was cleared around 2 p.m., according to the Department of Transportation. Traffic with congestion was reported for close to 2 miles between exits 48 and 44.

Josh Rickman, a spokesperson for CTtransit, declined to comment on Monday because the crash was still being investigated. 

"CTtransit is fully cooperating with the Connecticut State Police," he said in an email.

The State Police crash reconstruction unit also responded to the scene to assist in the investigation, the agency said.

Witnesses and dashcam owners driving in the area at the time of the crash can contact Trooper Michael Dean, of Troop H, at 860-534-1098 or michael.dean@ct.gov. 

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