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Connecticut State Police are continuing to investigate the head-on, wrong-way crash along Interstate 95 South early Sunday that left two dead and three others seriously injuries.

The public information office of the Connecticut State Police on Tuesday indicated that the investigation is active and "would take some time to complete." In an email, officials said there are no updates anticipated regarding the crash or status of the investigation. 

Police, fire and medical personnel were dispatched just before 1 a.m. Sunday to a stretch of highway less than a mile from the Exit 91 off-ramp. According to a police accident summary, 38-year-old Jose Gonzalez, of Groton, was driving his Lexus northbound in the southbound lanes of I-95 when it struck a Toyota Prius.

A passenger in Gonzalez' car, Eric Ramakers, 37, of Phoenix, Arizona, and a passenger in the Prius, 26-year-old Lorna Valcin, of Braintree, Massachusetts, were pronounced dead at the scene. Both were front-seat passengers, according to the accident report.

Connecticut State Police said Valcin was the owner of the Prius, which was driven by Stephane Francois, 26, of Brockton, Mass.

Two Life Star medical helicopters were called and took Francois and a second passenger of the Prius, 26-year-old Jerome Aullychard, of Elmont, N.Y., to Rhode Island Hospital. Gonzalez was taken to Rhode Island Hospital by ambulance, the police summary indicated.

Rhode Island Hospital staff on Tuesday said Francois was listed in fair condition. Aullychard and Gonzalez were not listed as patients at the hospital as of Tuesday morning, accoding to the staff.

Several officials initially indicated that Gonzalez had likely entered the highway from Exit 91, but police were unable to confirm that information on Tuesday and indicated it is part of the active investigation. Other aspects of the crash are also under investigation, police indicated.

Members of the North Stonington Volunteer Fire Company, Pawcatuck Fire Department, Wequetequock Fire Department, Westerly Ambulance, North Stonington Ambulance, and Ashaway Ambulance assisted in the response. Sections of I-95 were closed until 6 a.m. to allow for investigation and cleanup, officials said. 

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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