STONINGTON — State police are continuing to investigate after a head-on collision along Interstate 95 South early Sunday that left two dead and three others seriously injured.
Police, fire and ambulance personnel were dispatched to the highway shortly before 1 a.m. with reports of a two-car crash with entrapment. A preliminary investigation revealed that a car driven by Jose Gonzalez, 38, of Groton, had gotten on an off-ramp and was traveling north along I-95 South between exits 92 and 91, striking a car traveling south. The crash occurred just north of the Exit 91 off-ramp.
Police said 37-year-old Arizona resident Eric Ramakers and 26-year-old Lorna Valcin, of Braintree, Mass., a passenger in the second car, were each pronounced dead at the scene.
Two people in the second car, 26-year-old Stephane Francois, of Brockton, Mass., and 26-year-old Jerome Aullychard, of Elmont, N.Y., each sustained serious injuries in the crash. Police indicated that Francois was driving the second car, which was owned by Valcin.
Two Life Star emergency medical helicopters were called to the scene, leading state police to close the highway in both directions around 1:30 a.m. Stonington police assisted with detours at both Exit 91 and Exit 92 while the two were loaded into the helicopter, officials said. Both were taken to Rhode Island Hospital.
Gonzalez also suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Rhode Island Hospital Trauma Center by ambulance.
The North Stonington Volunteer Fire Company, Pawcatuck Fire Department, Wequetequock Fire Department, Westerly Ambulance, North Stonington Ambulance and Ashaway Ambulance each assisted in the response.
The highway remained closed southbound during the investigation and was reopened just after 6 a.m., officials said. Any witnesses to the crash are asked to contact the Connecticut State Police at Troop E in Montville at 860-848-6500.