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Elderly man killed in multi-vehicle crash involving fuel spill on I-91 South in Meriden

An 82-year-old man later identified as Robert Holcomb, of Wallingford, was pronounced dead on scene, officials said.
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MERIDEN, Conn. — I-91 South has reopened Friday evening after being closed for several hours due to a multi-car crash and fuel spill, but officials have confirmed the crash was fatal.

According to a release, the collision occurred while traffic was heavy and slowing in the area of exit 18.

State Police said an elderly man driving a Nissan Frontier struck the vehicle directly in front of it, which caused the 4-car pile up.

Injuries were reported from both drivers, a 23-year-old female and an 82-year-old man.

The female victim was transported by ambulance to Yale New Haven Hospital.

However, the 82-year-old man later identified as Robert Holcomb, of Wallingford, was unable to be resuscitated and pronounced dead on scene, officials said.

All four vehicles were towed away from the scene, but the collision remains under investigation.

Connecticut State Police said the highway was shut down at exits 18 and 17 shortly for approximately three hours.

Anyone with information regarding this collision, contact Trooper Cormier #833 at the Connecticut State Police Troop I Barracks (203) 393- 4200.

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