A young woman has died after a major accident Tuesday morning on I-91 Southbound in Longmeadow, just before the Connecticut state line.
According to State Police spokesperson David Procopio, the woman, identified as Shamonica Bates, 22 of Hartford, was on foot when she was struck by a tractor trailer around 2:30 A.M.
Investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what happened, including why the woman was not in a car. Procopio says that the preliminary investigation suggests that she may have been inside a car and gotten out prior to the crash.
The crash victim’s name is not being released at this time.
For hours, State Police closed a section of I-91S between Massachusetts Exit 1 and Connecticut Exit 49. During that time, traffic was being diverted back onto I-91 North, and Exit 1 towards Route 5 south. Traffic could be seen backed up for miles from Springfield into Longmeadow.
The highway was reopened at 6:15 A.M.