Police Identify 2 Killed in Barkhamsted Crash

Two people died in a head-on crash on Route 44 (New Hartford Road) in Barkhamsted Friday, according to fire officials.

Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Assistant Chief Shawn Wainman confirmed two people were killed in the crash, which was near the Barkhamsted-New Hartford line.

Police identified the victims as 61-year-old Keith Gillespie, of Avon, the driver of one of the vehicles.

The driver of the other vehicle, Devin Gilbert, 24, of Barkhamsted, was also killed.

A passenger with Gilbert, 22-year-old Kevin Kulinski, of Barkhamsted, was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.

Pleasant Valley Chief James Shanley said the vehicles involved were both commercial trucks.

"One looks like a landscape contractor, the other is a plumber type contractor," Shanley said.

LifeStar was tied up during the incident, so helicopters from New York were called in.

"The two helicopters came from New York Lifenet. Frequently we use them as backup when LifeStar is tied up," Shanley explained.

Shalney said he does not believe that affected response time.

Route 44 was closed between Route 181 and Route 219 for hours.

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