OLD LYME - Two women were killed in a fiery crash on I-95 North in Old Lyme Wednesday after the Mustang they were riding in was struck by a dump truck owned by a Bristol landscaping company.
Gregory Kuzma, 47, of 51 Maheu St., Bristol, was driving a dump truck owned by Country Gardens of Bristol in the right lane of I-95 in Old Lyme when he struck the Ford Mustang which was stopped in traffic, state police said. The Mustang and a tractor trailer in front of the Mustang were stopped in the right lane in heavy traffic near exit 70 when the crash occurred.
The impact sent the Mustang spinning into the rear of the tractor trailer driven by Francis Cosenza, 58, of East Haven. The Mustang then burst into flames. The driver of the Mustang, Eleanor McCarthy, 71, of Gilford, and her passenger, Iris Cooper, 71, of Ambler, Pennsylvania, were killed in the crash, state police said. Kuzma and his passenger, Antonio Felix, 60, of Hartford, and Cosenza, were not injured, police said.
Based on the investigation into the crash, state police determined that tire marks at the scene indicated that the dump truck was “heavily braking” and “unable to stop” when it struck the Mustang. A message left at Country Gardens was not returned Thursday.
The crash tied up traffic in the northbound lanes of I-95 for hours as state police dealt with the accident. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, said state police who are looking for anyone who may have information on the accident. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or who has information is asked to call Trooper Reid at Troop F in Westbrook at 860-399-2100.