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22-Year-Old Man Killed in Crash on I-84 Ramp in West Hartford

State Police were investigating a fatal crash on the Exit 41 entrance ramp to I-84 westbound on Sunday morning. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

The ramp to I-84 westbound from South Main Street in West Hartford was closed for several hours on Sunday morning while police investigated a single vehicle fatal crash.

By Ronni Newton

A 22-year-old New Britain man died Sunday morning after losing control of his vehicle, crossing all three travel lanes of I-84 west and crashing into the sound barrier along the side of the Exit 41 entrance ramp in West Hartford, Connecticut State Police Troop H officials said.

According to police, Luis Daniel Colon, 22, of New Britain was traveling west on I-84, driving a 2010 Toyota MPV on the left shoulder of the highway, east of Exit 40 at approximately 6:31 a.m. Sunday.

Police said “for an unknown reason,” Colon lost control of his vehicle, and crossed not only all three travel lanes but also the right shoulder, the “theoretical gore” (triangular area between the highway and the ramp), the Exit 41 westbound entrance ramp, before coming to rest after colliding with the concrete sound barrier along the right side of the roadway.

Colon’s injuries were serious and life-threatening, police said, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The vehicle, which sustained serious damage, was towed from the scene, police said. The barrier was also damaged due to the crash.

The ramp was closed for several hours due to the investigation, and reopened around 11:30 a.m., according to Connecticut State Police. crash

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who was driving through the area at the time and may have dashcam video, who has further information is asked to contact Trooper Michael Dean at 860-534-1098, or email [email protected].

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