A Shelton resident was one of two motorists directly impacted by a truck accident on Interstate 95 this morning, which led to the death of the truck driver.
The truck driver, John Collett, 35, of Wallingford, died in the accident when parts of a highway guardrail penetrated the truck he was driving after the truck rolled over. He was driving a 2009 glider truck, according to a State Police accident report.
Truck hit highway overpass
According to the accident report, Collett had just dropped off a Dumpster in his truck at the I-95 Fairfield rest stop for John’s Refuse & Recycling of Northford.
He was heading north on I-95 but still had the rear boom/lift mechanism raised up on the truck, which struck the Kings Highway overpass near Exit 23. “This caused [the truck] to roll over onto its left side and slide into the gore area of the Exit 23 off-ramp,” states the accident report.
The truck, the report continues, “then struck the metal beam guardrail. The guardrail penetrated the cab of the truck, striking the operator and caused fatal injuries.”
Two passing vehicles
Two other vehicles were directly impacted by the incident because their vehicles were hit by “flying debris” from the accident, causing some damage, according to State Trooper Kelly Grant, who handles public information duties for the State Police.
The Shelton resident was driving a 2014 Nissan NV200, which is a van, owned by Hansen’s Flower & Gifts of Fairfield. The top of this vehicle was damaged.
The other impacted vehicle was a 2013 Kia Optima driven by a 48-year-old Norwalk man.
Neither of these two drivers suffered injuries or required medical attention, and they were able to drive their vehicles from the scene after the accident, according to the report.
The operators of the truck and the two vehicles were all wearing seatbelts.