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..