Fatal accident in Port Chester (Updated)

New York (August 16, 2011) According to New York State Thruway Authority, rescue crews are responding to a fatal  accident involving a tractor-trailer and a car.  Two rear tires from the tractor-trailer came flying off and struck the front of the Chevrolet Cavalier.  The vehicle sustained extensive damage to the front windshield and roof,  killing the driver, 62-year-old Adele Mancuso.  Her mother, 84-year-old Constance Casalina,  sitting in the front passenger seat was injured and transported to  Stamford Hospital.

The tractor-trailer did not stop.  Police are trying to locate the tractor-trailer with New Jersey plates.  The truck was last seen westbound on I-287 and is likely missing a tire.

According to Police the accident occurred around 3:00 p.m. on I-95 north in the Port Chester area, near the split for I-287.   At this time all northbound lanes are blocked.  Police expect the northbound lanes will be closed for several hours between Exit 21-I 287 and Exit 22-Midland Avenue as they investigate the accident scene.

Motorists are urged to seek alternate routes.

At 4:30 p.m. Police opened the right lane but traffic is still heavily congested in the area.

Update: According to the New York State Police , they do not know if the driver of the tractor-trailer was aware that he lost a rear wheel.  Police are questioning a driver regarding this fatal accident.

Investigators are trying to locate a possible witness, described as a Hispanic man.  This witness may have talked with the driver of the tractor-trailer right after the fatal accident.  If you have any information, or may have witnessed this accident please contact the new York State Police at 914-524-0223 or 914-524-0229..

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  1. Another deadly accident on I95 that could have possibly been avoided. I take I95 everyday from Long Island to Stamford and noticed that there are too many trucks on the road. Although I understand the need to transport goods, I noticed that most trucks look like they wouldn’t even pass an inspection. I have seen bald tires, wobbly tires, driving in the left lane and things hangng from trucks (chains). And cell phone use, constantly. We need to enforce more serious rules for trucking to save lives. How did a wheel fall off of the truck?

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