Bridgeport Woman Dies After Tractor-Trailer Crushes Car in Fairfield

By Ari Mason
|  Sunday, Mar 30, 2014  |  Updated 3:54 PM EDT
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Bridgeport Woman Dies After Tractor-Trailer Crushes Car

Fairfield Fire Department

Emergency responders extricated a woman from this car, which was crushed underneath a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 north in Fairfield early Sunday.

A 27-year-old Bridgeport woman died this morning in a crash on Interstate 95 northbound in Fairfield that wedged her car underneath a tractor-trailer, according to the Fairfield Fire Department.

The collision happened in the area of the exit 22 rest stop around 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

State police said Yvonne Sokol was driving erratically, swerving in and out of the the left and center lanes, when her Passat smashed into the back of a tractor-trailer parked on the side of the road.

Sokol's car ended up underneath the tractor-trailer and was crushed, trapping Sokol and bursting into flames, police and fire officials said.

At least 24 emergency responders helped extricate Sokol, who was found without a pulse, fire officials said. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

Firefighters and crews from a towing company worked to lift the tractor-trailer off the woman’s car.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, 50-year-old Brian Quinn, of Dedham, Mass., was not injured.

The Westport Fire Department also responded to the scene.

It’s not clear if the tractor-trailer driver was injured.

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