Manchester. CT (February 11, 2024) – A devastating crash early Saturday on Interstate 84 East, near exit 61, claimed the lives of two women. Brenda Mendrell, 44, of Hartford, entered the eastbound lanes driving west in an Audi, causing a head-on collision with a FedEx tractor-trailer and another truck around 4:30 a.m.
Mendrell and her passenger, Jermyra Cortes, 44, also of Hartford, were pronounced dead at the scene. The second truck’s driver sustained minor injuries and received hospital treatment, while the FedEx driver was unharmed. A significant fuel spill prompted a response from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
The highway was shut down for hours for cleanup and investigation but has since reopened. Authorities are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading to this tragic incident.