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I-89 crash victim identified as Colby-Sawyer student



Tuesday, April 05, 2016

A Colby-Sawyer College student died after her car crashed in the median on Interstate 89 in Sutton on Monday during the unusual early April snowstorm.

The northbound side of Interstate 89 was shut down in the area of mile marker 24.8 in Sutton on Monday after a car crashed in the median, according to state police.

State troopers were alerted to the crash about 3:45 p.m. Monday and when they arrived they found the driver, Melissa Morin, 21, of West Hartford, Conn., “seriously injured and trapped inside the vehicle,” according to a state police press release. There were no passengers.

Troopers were assisted by the Sutton Police Department in attempting to provide first aid to Morin, while they waited for the New London and Sutton fire departments, the state police said, whose EMS crews were eventually able to extricate Morin from the seriously damaged 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. 

Morin was then transported to Concord Hospital, where she died as a result of her injuries, the state police said.

Troopers shut down all northbound lanes during this time Monday “due to the bad location of the crash, the road conditions and drivers failing to drive safely” as emergency vehicles tried to reach the vehicle.

Family members told the police that Morin was traveling to Colby-Sawyer, where she was enrolled as a student.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or who has information about it is requested to contact Trooper Michael Catalfamo at 223-4381.