Three Die in Head-On Collision on I-95 in Old Lyme

A fatal car crash caused by a wrong-way driver on I-95 Southbound at about 10:30 p.m. and ensuing crashes on I-95 Northbound closed the highway completely for four hours Tuesday night.


A car driving the wrong way on I-95 southbound at Exit 70 in Old Lyme led to a fatal accident that killed three people in a head-on collision at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

Police have identified the three people who suffered fatal injuries as Tamara Nolin, 72, of Branford, Marjorie Minore, 90, of North Haven, and Barbara Prato, 63, of East Haven.

The accident led to additional crashes on the northbound side of 1-95 because other drivers were distracted by the scene. 

The driver who caused the initial crash, Frank Sundstrom, 51, of Warwick, RI, was the sole occupant of a sedan vehicle. He sustained serious injuries and was flown by Lifestar helicopter to St. Raphael/Yale-New Haven Hospital in critical condition.

Police say the accidents on the northbound side of the highway were minor but succeeded in stopping traffic. The multiple vehicle collisions closed both the northbound and southbound lanes of 1-95 at Exit 70 for about four hours. The highway reopened at about 2:30 a.m.

At this point, police don't know why the driver was traveling in the wrong direction on the highway. Crime scene investigators were on the scene for several hours collecting evidence but the accident remains under investigation. 

Anyone with any information about the accident is asked to please call State Police Troop F at (860) 399-2100. 


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