THOMPSON – A man and woman in their 40s were killed Thursday when their car, headed the wrong way on Interstate 395, collided with a Charlton flatbed tow truck driven by a man from North Oxford.
Connecticut State Police said the truck driver was headed north on I-395, near an off-ramp in Thompson, about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The two people who died, both from Dayville, Connecticut, were in a 1999 Chrysler Sebring that was driven south onto the I-395 north off-ramp and entered the northbound lanes against oncoming traffic, investigators said. The car collided head-on with the truck in the left travel lane.
The two occupants of the sedan — David Courteau, 48, the driver, and Maureen Parenteau, 49 — were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck was identified as Richard L. Boucher, 29, of North Oxford, Massachusetts. He was not injured. The truck belongs to Boomba’s 24-Hour Towing & Recovery, based in Charlton.
Police said traffic was rerouted for about five hours Thursday night because of the accident.
Boomba’s owner Mike Lindquist said the accident was devastating and stressed that his driver didn’t do anything wrong, adding that Mr. Boucher managed to not hit any other cars as the Sebring was driven into the truck. Mr. Lindquist said the impact totaled the truck and he had to help police separate and remove the Sebring from the truck’s front while emergency responders worked to get the victims out of the car.
“I literally had to watch it,” he said.
Mr. Boucher’s family, when reached, declined to comment on his behalf.
The accident remains under investigation.