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Fairfield Exit 24 To Close Temporarily For Accident Reconstruction

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Fairfield police will be closing Exit 24 on southbound I-95 for a short time after 8 p.m. Wednesday as accident investigators re-create the six-car accident that sent four to the hospital last week.

The police will also be closing Chambers Street between Kings Highway East and Johnson Drive during that time.

Police will be trying to determine how fast the car was traveling after it drove down the exit ramp, striking five other cars and finally settling next to the Red Box in front of the Cumberland Farms store.

A video of the crash can be scene on the Fairfield Police Department's Facebook page .

Fairfield police charged Rosa Blanca Chavarria-Medina in the speeding six-car pileup at Cumberland Farms. She was also being held on a detainer order from the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Chavarria-Medina, 31, was driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.3, three time the legal limit, when the crash occurred off Exit 24 for Interstate 95.

She was charged with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, failure to obey a stop sign, failure to grant half of the highway, reckless driving and first-degree reckless endangerment.

According to police reports, she had been driving a 1998 black Nissan Maxima south on Interstate 95 and took Exit 24 for Chambers Street. Her car sped south off the exit ramp, careened through the parking lot and came to rest at the Cumberland Farms building after striking five other vehicles, Fairfield police said.

Four people, including Chavarria-Medina and an 18-month-old child, were sent to the hospital after the crash.

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