Monday, September 08, 2003
Westport Fire, Ambulance Work at I-95 Accident That Kills 3
Westport Fire, Ambulance Respond to I-95 Accident That Kills Three
Three Bridgeport residents were killed early Sunday in a one-car acccident on Interstate-95 in Norwalk, state police said. Two of them were employed at a Westport restaurant.
Westport fire and ambulance services responded along with units from Norwalk to the scene near the Strawberry Hill Avenue overpass between exits 17 and 16, shortly before 2 a.m. Emergency personnel had to extricate the victims from the car, a BMW.
State police said a witness told them the car was traveling at a high rate of speed in a pack of three cars in the northbound lane.
Traffic backs up on I-95 near the Stawberry Hill Avenue overpass in Norwalk moments after a car crashed into the overpass, killing all thee persons inside. Photo is from a Department of Transportation camera nearby. DOT photo
Police said the driver, identified as Hany M. Abdelaal, 29, of Bridgeport, lost control and struck a center guardrail. The car became airborne and struck the side of the overpass.
Abdelaal was traveling with Angie Cascante, 16, of Bridgeport and Viviana Sanchez, 23, of Bridgeport. Police said the three were pronounced dead at the scene.
Family members said Abdelaal, who was employed at The Chef’s Table restaurant in Westport, was a native of Egypt and had hoped to return to medical school there, Cablevision News-12 reported. He was married and had two children.
The Connecticut Post said Cascante was also employed at the Westport restaurant and that the three of them had been partying at a Norwalk club before heading home to Bridgeport.
It quoted Abdelaal’s wife, Norma, as saying another retaurant employee had told her they were drag racing when the accident occurred.
Westport Fire Chief Denis McCarthy was among those on the scene. He said the car was barely recognizable after it impacted the underpass.
“People think snow and rain produce the worst accidents, but drivers let their guard down when traffic is light and the weather is clear and speed becomes a factor as it did here,” he told WestportNow today. “Once it (the acccident) started, they didn’t have a chance.”
McCarthy said it was the worst accident in terms of fatalities his department had responded to since another I-95 accident in October 2000 near exit 17 that killed four persons.
A short time later, other Westport fire units responded to a call of a rollover northbound between exits 18 and 19 between Westport and Fairfield. It was not known if there were any injuries in that accident.
No victims were found in the car and police and fire personnel searched nearby roadways without finding anyone.
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