A coach bus carrying more than 40 passengers collided with a semi-truck on Interstate 95 near Norwalk, Connecticut on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 7, 2015, leaving one person dead and at least three dozen injured. The deceased has been identified as Mr. Henry Woolfson, aged 31, who hailed from Hackensack, New Jersey and was driving the tour bus at the time of the crash. His 32nd birthday would have been the day after the accident, and he is survived by an infant son.
Most passengers traveling on the tourist bus were New Jersey residents en route to New York City. The bus was traveling from Boston to New York when the accident took place. The exact cause of the accident is not yet known, and the accident remains under investigation by Connecticut State Police at this time. The bus is reported to have rear-ended the semi-truck while both were traveling in the middle lane of southbound Interstate 95. The driver of the truck, reported to be Sarkor Umarkhod, aged 32, reported no injuries as a result of the crash.
This is the second major accident to take place on this segment of Interstate 95 in recent months, and as such, Connecticut State Troopers have increased patrols in the area in an effort to ensure traffic safety. Most injured parties in the crash were transported to Norwalk Hospital and three were taken to Stamford Hospital for medical evaluation and treatment. None of the injuries were reported as being life-threatening.
The coach bus involved in the crash was owned by Floridian company R.C. Travelways, Inc., whose accident record has remained spotless up to this point for the past two years. The semi-truck was owned by Trucking Experts of Markham, Illinois. Safety and accident records for the national trucking corporation have not been made available to the public.