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Driver Dies In Fiery Crash After Slamming Into Trees Off I-95

The driver of a car that went off southbound I-95 near the Darien rest area late Tuesday afternoon was killed in the crash.
The driver of a car that went off southbound I-95 near the Darien rest area late Tuesday afternoon was killed in the crash. Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Transportation

DARIEN, Conn. — A 35-year-old Bridgeport man was killed when he lost control of his car and it went off I-95 and burst into flames after slamming into a tree on Tuesday afternoon, State Police said.

The accident occurred at about 5:35 p.m. Tuesday just south of the Darien rest area on southbound I-95, State Police said.

Jimmy Munoz, 35, of Yaemich Drive, was driving south in the center lane when he lost control of his Honda Pilot and swerved toward the center median divider, State Police said. Munoz’s car “then swerved right and traveled toward the right shoulder prior to the southbound Darien rest area,” according to the accident report. The car went over the right shoulder and into a grassy, wooded area, where it struck several trees, State Police said.

Munoz's vehicle “came to a final uncontrolled rest and caught fire, becoming fully engulfed with the driver trapped inside the vehicle,” the State Police report said.

He died during the crash, State Police said, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Munoz was identified by his driver’s license, and his family was notified late Tuesday, State Police said.

The crash traffic tie-ups for hours on southbound I-95 with a lane closed for the fire and investigation.

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