Woman seriously injured in I-95 crash in East Lyme

East Lyme — A passenger in a car that that state police say tried to pass a tractor trailer on Interstate 95 at high speed and then crashed early Sunday morning, was flown by Life Star helicopter to Hartford Hospital with suspected serious injuries.

According to police, Angel L. Acosta, 29, of Hamden was driving in the area of Exit 74 about 1:28 a.m. when he tried to pass the truck in the right lane. When the tractor trailer began to make a lane change from the left lane to the right lane, Acosta swerved back to the left lane and struck the back of the tractor trailer causing him to lose control and crashing into a concrete barrier.

Acosta was able to get out of the car himself but his passenger, Bianca Lopez, 29, of New Haven, was trapped inside and had to be extricated by emergency personnel before being flown to the hospital. Acosta was taken to Lawrence + Memoriol Hospital for treatment of suspected minor injuries. Police said the tractor trailer did not stop as its driver did not know the truck had been hit, police said.

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