North Carolina trucker dead, two hurt in Fairfield crash

Fairfield (AP) - State police say a driver lost control of his car, rolled over and catapulted off a Connecticut highway before crashing into a truck at a Fairfield rest stop, killing a North Carolina driver who was sleeping in the tractor-trailer.

The Hartford Courant reports that 52-year-old Mitchell Blankenship of Boomer, N.C., suffered fatal injuries and was trapped in the truck Saturday morning. The two people in the car that crashed into his tractor-trailer, Kevin Rojas of Stamford and Esther Gonzales of Bronx, N.Y., also were trapped in their vehicle.

Firefighters used hydraulic rescue tools to pull the three from their vehicles. Blankenship was pronounced dead at St. Vincent's Hospital.

Twenty-five-year-old Rojas suffered a large cut to his head and 25-year-old Gonzales complained of pain.

State police officers are investigating the accident.


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