Brenda Mendrell hartford ct, age 44, was driving west in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 around 4:30am. Her passenger was 44-year-old Jermyra cortes hartford ct.
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Two women from Hartford, Connecticut were killed in a wrong-way crash on Saturday morning.
Their Audi collided head-on with a FedEx tractor-trailer truck. It then hit another truck.
Both Mendrell and Cortes died at the scene. The FedEx truck driver was not injured. The other truck's driver had minor injuries.
There was a significant fuel spill from the crashed vehicles. The highway was closed for hours as crews cleaned it up.
This was a tragic incident. Two lives were lost because a vehicle was traveling the wrong way. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Brenda Mendrell and Jermyra Cortes.
Officials do not know why the Audi was driving the wrong way when it crashed. This crash is part of a disturbing trend of wrong-way accidents in the state. Transportation officials hope to improve safety with a public awareness campaign and other initiatives.
The FedEx truck driver, a 73-year-old New Hampshire man, was not injured. The 36-year-old Ryder truck driver from Hartford had minor injuries. He was taken to Hartford Hospital.
Police are still investigating why the crash happened. They are looking for any witnesses to the accident.
This story is still developing and more updates will follow.