Dump Truck Driver Dies After Dump Body Becomes Raised And Strikes Overpass
Milford, Connecticut – Police say 63-year-old Anthony Edward Drozd perished after he was ejected from the dump truck he was driving yesterday in a crash along I-95.
Police say Drozd was navigating along I-95 when “unbeknownst to the (dump truck) driver, the dump body became raised, or was unintentionally left in the raised position, and remained in the up position, or partial up position as the vehicle traveled north in the right lane.” The truck then struck the Quarry Lane highway overpass in Milford near Exit 41 around 7:45 a.m.
The force of the impact detached the rear box bed off the truck’s wheels and mangled the driver’s cab. The truck was left overturned, blocking all three lanes of I-95 and shutting down the highway for almost 7 hours.
Drozd was ejected and later died at a local hospital. A vehicle driven by Susan Jackson, 68, of Greenwich struck the dump body. However, she only suffered minor injuries.
State police said, “The impact caused the truck to roll over onto its driver side, at which point the operator (Drozd) was ejected from the cab of his truck and onto the roadway. After striking the overpass/overhead sign, the truck’s dump body broke free from the truck and twisted around and at some point (Jackson’s) vehicle collided with it.” The investigation is still ongoing.
Find video from the crash scene below courtesy of WFSB 3/YouTube. Cover image shared courtesy of Hearst CT Media.
VIDEO TOUR: Check Out The 2018 Mack Dump Truck!