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2 Injured in Serious Crash That Closed I-84 West in Southington, Conn.

(Published Thursday, July 28, 2016)

Two people were taken to the hospital after a serious three-car crash Thursday on Interstate 84 West in Southington that closed the highway for hours.

The crash happened in the area of exit 31 at 9:04 a.m. State police said 26-year-old Joanna McCarthy, of Waterbury, went off the road, through the grass median and hit a Dodge Ram driven by 51-year-old David Elward, of New Brunswick, Canada. 

The impact caused Elward's pickup to hit a FedEx truck driven by John Knowlton, 59, of Southwick, Massachusetts, state police said.  

LifeStar responded and transported McCarthy to Hartford Hospital. State police said her injuries are life-threatening. 

An ambulance transported Elward to Hartford Hospital to be treated for a possible injury and Knowlton didn't report any injuries at the scene, according to police. 

Traffic behind the crash was at a standstill through the morning commute and police diverted drivers who were stuck. However, some drivers elected to go over the median on their own.

Exit 31 reopened as of 2:05 p.m. yesterday.

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