2 dead after head-on collision in Tolland, 7 and 9-year-old injured

Tolland Accident
Tolland Accident(Brian Foley)
Published: May. 7, 2023 at 1:46 PM EDT|Updated: May. 7, 2023 at 9:04 PM EDT
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TOLLAND, Conn. (WFSB) - Two people have died after a head-on collision in Tolland.

According to Tolland town manager Brian Foley, the accident happened on Merrow Road (Route 195) near Rhodes Road.

State police say the accident happened before 1:25 p.m.

Route 195 was shut down at Goose Lane. It has since reopened.

State Police say a Subaru Legacy was traveling northbound on Merrow Road while a Toyota Rav4 was traveling southbound.

The Toyota crossed the double yellow lines while taking a right curve, traveling into the northbound lane, and colliding with the Subaru head-on.

The driver of the Toyota, Amanda Bowen, 66, of Coventry, and the driver of the Subaru, Bryan Flint, 64, of Ellington, both sustained fatal injuries.

Two other passengers in the Subaru, a 7-year-old and a 9-year-old, sustained minor injuries.

UConn put out an alert notifying families attending graduation that the road was to be closed for an extended period of time.

“Those leaving campus or arriving to campus for Commencement exercises are encouraged to take Route 384 to Route 44 to Route 195 to campus or take Exit 69 (Willington) to Route 74 to Route 32 to Route 195 to campus,” said UConn.