A New Jersey man is dead after the tractor-trailer he was driving crashed and caught fire on Interstate 91 South in Wallingford early Monday morning, according to Connecticut state police.
Police have identified the driver as 48-year-old Danilo Maia, of Kearny, New Jersey, and said the truck he was driving went off the right side of the highway and into trees just before 2 a.m., then caught fire.
Firefighters, medics and crews from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection also responded to put out the fire, tend to Maia and remove the fuel from the tank on the truck.
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The highway was closed, but has since reopened.