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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.

The crash occurred just before 7 p.m. on the north end of the Saugatuck River Bridge.

A state police accident report released today said Reynolds was driving his truck southbound, just north of exit 17 in the right lane of three approaching the Saugatuck River Bridge. Rival was driving his 2009 Mercedes in the center lane.

“Contact was made between the passenger side of (Rival’s) vehicle and the driver’s side of (Reynold’s) truck,” the report said.

The impact then caused the truck to veer to the right, strike the metal beam guardrail off the right shoulder and flip onto its driver side. The truck then hit a light pole, then a tree and finally caught fire.

Rival’s Mercedes also veered to the right and struck the concrete barrier of the Saugatuck River Bridge, the report said.

Rival was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs and transported to Troop G barracks in Bridgeport. He was later released after posting a $10,000 bond.

State police asked any witnesses to the accident to call Troop G at (203) 696-2500.

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