NEWINGTON, CT (WFSB) -
Both sides of Route 15 have reopened in Newington following an investigation into a deadly crash that involved an officer.
The DOT said the Berlin Turnpike had been completely closed between Pascone Place and Richard/Deming Street since around 7 a.m. on Monday. It reopened just before 2 p.m.
The crash happened near the turnpike's intersection with Deming Street. Drivers were urged to avoid the area.
Two vehicles were involved.
Officials said the driver of a Honda Civic ran a red light and that's when the police officer who was driving north with sirens on slammed into the Civic's diver's side. It happened right in front of Bob's Discount Furniture.
"From what I heard from witnesses that a car ran the red light and the cruiser was going to an emergency call, " said Matthew Fox in Newington.
Police said the officer was transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The person in the Honda was pronounced dead on the scene.
"People got to slow down when they heard the sirens going, " Fox said.
The victim has yet to be identified.
"It's terrible, " said Hilda Jusina in Newington. "It's the first tragedy of Memorial Day weekend and it's bad, you know."
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