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41-Year-Old Massachusetts Woman Killed in I-84 Crash [Updated]

Connecticut State Police release a report that reveals how the six-vehicle accident took place.


Updated at 2:30 p.m., 11/21

According to a spokesperson at St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, two of the victims in the accident were treated and released. Another, a 31-year-old Waterbury man, is listed in stable condition.

Updated at 10:45 a.m., 11/21

The driver who was killed in a car accident on I-84 last night has been identified as Laurie Carvalho, a 41-year-old resident of North Attleborough, Mass.

According to a report just released by Connecticut State Police, Carvalho was an occupant in one of six vehicles that were involved in the crash at about 5 p.m. on Nov. 20. The extent of the injuries of the other drivers remains unknown at this time. There were a total of nine people in the six cars, police report.

The accident occured during rush hour when five vehicles traveling westbound in the far left lane slowed to a stop along with traffic, the report states. A sixth vehicle, which police said was being driven by Martinez Juan, 23, of Springfield, Mass., reportedly slammed into Carvalho's car and caused a chain-reaction crash.

Carvahlo was driving a 2011 Nissan Rogue, police said. Juan's vehicle is owned by Penske Truck Leasing Co., according to the police report.

The accident closed the highway for several hours last night and resulted in heavy traffic delays that stretched for nearly 19 miles at one point.

Anyone with information about the accident is encouraged to call Connecticut State Police Troop A at 203-267-2240.

8:44 p.m. Update, 11/20

A multi-vehicle accident on I-84 has claimed the life of one person, according to the News-Times.

Kevin Nursick, a Department of Transportation spokesperson, is quoted by the newspaper as saying the area looks like "a war zone."

Nancy Spear, of Oxford, said she witnessed the accident. She described what she saw in a text message to Patch:

"There were debris and bodies laying in the road and smoke coming from cars ... traffic behind was at a total stop. People were getting out of their cars to try to help victims in the road."

The number of victims and their status remains unknown. Meanwhile, the highway is closed for accident reconstruction.


7:10 p.m. Update, 11/20

Middlebury Fire Chief Paul Perrotti reported the following over the fire department scanner:

Traffic presently on the highway is allowed to move. Once the highway is clear, the eastbound side of I-84 near exit 16 will be closed for approximately two hours, for accident reconstruction.


A state police officer stationed at Troop A in Southbury said Interstate 84 Eastbound is currently shut down in Middlebury due to a multi-vehicle accident.

Police have not released a statement, but according to information transmitted over the scanner the accident involves a tractor trailer and several vehicles. It reportedly took place near exit 16 in Middlebury.

At least one patient was reportedly being transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury. A hospital spokesperson was not immediately available for comment Tuesday evening.

Motorists should expect traffic delays in the area as emergency officials are still on scene.

Patch will update this article as more information becomes available.

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David November 21, 2012 at 01:11 AM
I'm stuck in now for 3 hrs. Got on 84 eastbound at 435 and now just getting off ext 16. It took me three hrs to move 1 mile.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) November 21, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Latest update: Middlebury Fire Chief Paul Perrotti reported the following over the fire department scanner a little after 7 p.m. - Traffic presently on the highway is allowed to move. Once the highway is clear, the eastbound side of I-84 near exit 16 will be closed for approximately two hours, for accident reconstruction.
chris November 21, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Several fatalities
barb November 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM
i never was ss scare i was like on it when it happen it happen so ouick i got on 84 from patty pantry to go home in naugy , that when it happen got on 84 like 420 and wow it happen i never saw such tradergy look like a war zone, im so glad i miss it like 5 min but saw everything, cars a burn up all over the highway , was on 84 like over 3 hrs didnt get home like 730 , hope everyone are ok didnt look good tho
michael-E November 21, 2012 at 10:45 PM
i know the lady that died in this accident Laurie Carvalho, she was a great friend a excellent mother and a great wife, she was my wife's friend and once a co-worker, we like to give our condolences to her husband and her family,we shear their pain and miss her so much. she really was an angle, why the good ones leave us so soon? why
barb November 21, 2012 at 11:58 PM
that part of 84 always was bad area, so many accident in that area, im staying off that area from now on,,,
dmp November 22, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Couldnt have said it better, she was an awesome person

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