Massive Snowstorm Cripples Connecticut

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    NBC Connecticut

    More than two feet of snow have fallen on parts of the Connecticut, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says two deaths may be attributed to Connecticut's record-setting snow.

    Malloy mentioned the fatalities at a news briefing Wednesday. West Haven police say a motorist died after a three-vehicle crash involving a Connecticut Transit bus. They identified her as 43-year-old Pamela Caddell-Boyd.

    In East Hartford, police say 55-year-old Robert Lindsey Jr. died while fighting with two other men over the removal of snow. The cause of death had not been determined.

    More than 2 feet of snow fell on parts of the state.

    Driving has been nearly impossible since early Wednesday morning. Interstate 84 eastbound in Tolland was closed because of multiple tractor-trailer crashes and Interstate 95 was a virtual parking lot of tractor-trailers.  

    On Wednesday morning, Gov. Malloy asked all non-essential state employees to stay home for the first shift and he asked the public sector to do the same or close their offices.

    State police asked people not to go out unless they have to and not to go out if their vehicles are not ready. When shoveling or snow blowing, don't put the snow back in the street, state police ask.

    Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch asked residents to stay home.

    "It is quite likely if you try to drive you will become stranded," he tweeted.

    The city of Danbury was closed, Mayor Mark Boughton tweeted: A travel ban was lifted as of 10:30 a.m.

    "I'll have to ask the city council for more (money)," said Mayor Mark Boughton, standing next to mounds of snow waist high outside city hall.

    The city of slightly more than 2,000 residents was digging out today. The overnight ban on cars was lifted, but train commuters were still stranded.

    Service on the Danbury branch of Metro North remained suspended.

    "It's a New England winter. If you don't like it move south," said Danbury resident Doug Wilson as he paused his snowblower beside a sidewalk still buried knee deep.

    Bradley Airport is open and operating. Most flights remain canceled, but some are going in and out of the airport.