Flags in CT ordered to half-staff for National Guard member killed in truck accident today

American and state flags should be flown at half-staff in honor of the Connecticut National Guard member who died in a motor vehicle accident Thursday while on a routine transport of training material.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy issued the directive this afternoon. Flags should remain at half-staff until services for the deceased National Guard member are held, the date of which has not yet been determined.

The Connecticut National Guard will identify the victim pending notification of the family.

The accident occurred on Interstate 95 in Westchester County, N.Y., near the border of Port Chester and Rye. The location is not far from the Connecticut border.

According to reports, a military truck and a civilian vehicle collided at about 10:20 a.m.

‘Thoughts and prayers’

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of all of those involved in today’s accident,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement.

“We join the Connecticut National Guard in mourning the loss of one of our brave soldiers, and our prayers for a quick and full recovery go out to the soldier who was injured.”

Malloy said National Guard members “provide an invaluable service to our state and our country — they are extraordinary ambassadors for Connecticut and the United States.”