Old Town trucker involved in fatal hit

Posted June 08, 2010, at 10:26 a.m.

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. — Connecticut state police have identified a man who was killed after a tractor-trailer slammed into a disabled big rig parked on the side of Interstate 91 southbound in North Haven.

Troopers say 25-year-old Ryan Murphy of Littleton, Mass., was standing alongside the disabled 18-wheeler, helping the driver, when it was struck by the other truck at about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday near exit 9. He died from his injuries.

The driver of the disabled truck, 40-year-old Nitza Gonzalez of Strafford, Mo., and the driver of the other tractor-trailer, 33-year-old Jason Mathews of Old Town, Maine, were treated at a hospital and released.

No criminal charges were announced.

The crash occurred as state police launched their annual truck safety campaign Tuesday.

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