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Chowdafest Set for Sunday

Five Westport restaurants will square off against scores of others from throughout the state and region in the eighth annual New England Chowdafest competition set for Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sherwood Island State Park.

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Roz Carpentieri helped out son Steve at the Dunville’s booth last year. The Westport restaurant won first place in the traditional chowder competition with its Manhattan chowder. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“It’s nice to see Westport so well represented” said Jim Keenan, director of the event designed to raise funds to fight regional hunger.

“Chowdafest started in Westport eight years ago, and the town loves getting up for some great chowder, soup and bisque,” he added.

Keenan said that each year the event has attracted “thousands of discernible foodies from all over the tri-state and New England area.”

State Police ID Tanker Driver, Arrest Another on DUI Charge

UPDATE State police reopened I-95 southbound between exits 17 and 18 in Westport at 5:32 a.m. today following Wednesday night’s fiery sewage tanker crash that killed a 64-year-old Woodbury man.

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Ramses Rival: free on $10,000 bond. State Police photo

Westport police at the same time reopened Elaine Road and Underhill Parkway, which had been closed after part of the truck fell down an embankment in the area.

Emergency workers extricated the body of the driver, from the cab of the truck at 2:39 a.m. State police identified him as Thomas Patrick Reynolds.

They said the driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash, Ramses Taylor Rival, 35, of Stamford, was arrested for driving under the influence. Police added that additional charges are expected at the conclusion of the investigation.

Thursday, September 29, 2016


9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Westport Weston Family YMCA – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – Earthplace – Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 212D – Transit District Directors Meeting
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “MORE Than Words”
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – 50 Imperial Ave. – Westport Farmers Market
11:30 a.m. – Mitchells of Westport (670 Post Road East) – Pink Aid luncheon
1:15 p.m. – Westport Library – WestportWRITES: Introductory Non-Fiction Writing Workshop
5 p.m. – Westport Library – #ThrowbackThursdays
6 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – ArtSpeaks: Gerry Snyder
6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Chess Club for Adults
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Planning & Zoning Committee (live coverage cable channel 79, AT&T channel 99, and westportct.gov)
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Joint RTM Finance, Public Works, & Education Committees

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Fire and Explosions Rock Saugatuck From I-95 Crash

UPDATE Explosions and fire followed a crash tonight of a tanker truck carrying sewage on I-95, sending the flaming driver’s cab tumbling down an embankment at the north end of the Saugatuck River bridge. The driver was killed, according to fire officials.

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Heavy smoke and fire from the crash could be seen from the other side of the Saugatuck River. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) News-12 Connecticut photo

State police early Thursday identified the truck driver as Thomas Patrick Reynolds, 64, of Woodbury. They said another vehicle was involved in the crash on the southbound side of the bridge shortly before 7 p.m. and that the driver, Ramses Taylor Rival, 35, of Stamford was charged with driving under the influence. The highway was reopened southbound at 5:32 a.m. Thursday.

“There were three more explosions after it went off the highway,” one witness told News-12 Connecticut. “It was so loud – boom, boom, boom, and a few minutes later it died down and then it just rocketed up again.”

Another man said: “There was a fire as high as the trees. And there was another boom.”

‘It Was So Loud – Boom, Boom, Boom’

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UPDATE A passing motorist took this photo tonight moments after a sewage tanker truck southbound on I-95 was in a crash with a second vehicle, caught fire, overturned, and the driver’s cab went down an embankment on the north end of the Saugatuck River Bridge in Westport. The truck was traveling between exits 18 and 17 just before 7 p.m. The driver was killed, according to fire officials. One witness said: “There were three more explosions after it went off the highway. It was so loud –- boom, boom, boom, and a few minutes later it died down and then it just rocketed up again.” The driver’s body was extricated from the wreckage at 2:39 a.m. Thursday, fire officials said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) News-12 Connecticut photo

Driver Killed in Fiery Sewage Tanker Crash

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UPDATE A firefighter at the scene tonight where the driver of a sewage tanker truck was killed when the cab of his vehicle (in bushes, rear) went off of I-95 at the end of the Saugatuck River Bridge in Westport. The truck burst into flames and exploded following a crash with another vehicle and overturned. The cab of the truck went down an embankment on Elaine Road at Underhill Parkway near the town’s sewage treatment plant. The highway was closed in both directions between exits 17 and 18 in Westport but northbound was reopened about an hour later. Police said adjacent town roads, as well as the Post Road, were jammed as a result of the highway closure. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

I-95 Crash Ties Up Highway and Local Traffic

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UPDATE The scene tonight on Elaine Road at Underhill Parkway, just below the I-95 Saugatuck Bridge where a sewage tanker truck burst into flames and part of it went down an embankment. Westport police said local traffic in the area was backed up and the Post Road was jammed as southbound I-95 traffic sought to detour. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo