An elderly couple from Willington died Monday after their sedan slammed into the back of a garbage truck in Mansfield, according to state police.
Police said a Willimantic Waste Refuse truck was driving southbound on Storrs Road/Route 195 and slowed down to turn right onto North Frontage Road around 10:30 a.m. Monday when a Volvo following the garbage truck slammed into it from behind.
The driver and passenger of the Volvo, identified as Thomas and Arlene Ryan, ages 78 and 79, respectively, died after being airlifted to the hospital, according to state police.
Police said Arlene Ryan was wearing a seatbelt, while Thomas Ryan, who was driving, was not.
Storrs Road was closed at North Frontage Road while an accident reconstruction team investigated the crash. State police said it's not clear why the Ryans' car rear ended the garbage truck.
Anyone with information on the crash is urged to call Connecticut State Police Trooper Hickey at 860-896-3200 ext. 8008.