Connecticut Jury Awards $15.7M in Fatal Crash Lawsuit

April 29, 2013

A Connecticut Superior Court jury has awarded $15.7 million to survivors and family members of three people killed in a 2007 crash on Interstate 95 in East Lyme.

The Day of New London reports the jury found that Northeast Carriers, the owner of a tanker truck that jumped the median near the I-395 interchange, were negligent and reckless.

The tanker, which was carrying nearly 7,000 gallons of heating fuel, went out of control and crashed head-on into southbound traffic on Nov. 2, 2007. Witnesses said the driver, who was killed in the accident, appeared to be racing with another truck driver.

Attorneys for Northeast Carriers argued the second driver deserved some blame for the crash.

The jury deliberated just a few hours before reaching a decision on Friday afternoon.

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