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Yale students involved in deadly crash

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A semitrailer-truck lost control and crossed into oncoming traffic on I-95 early today, causing a chain-reaction crash that killed at least three people in an SUV carrying nine Yale University students, officials said.

An undetermined number of other people were taken to hospitals.

The accident happened near Bridgeport shortly after 5 a.m. and shut down I-95, the main highway along the Connecticut shoreline, for about three hours.

Police would not release details about the victims' identities but Brown University said in a news release that its men's college basketball game at Yale had been postponed because the victims were Yale students.

Brown said the game was rescheduled for Saturday night.

Officials at Yale would not immediately confirm the statement.

The accident involved four vehicles, including two tractor trailer rigs.

A tractor-trailer heading north lost control and partially crossed the concrete barrier that separates the highway, state police Sgt. J. Paul Vance said. A car and second tractor-trailer hit it, and the sport utility vehicle smashed into the rear.

Vance said three people were pronounced dead at the scene and several others were taken to hospitals with serious injuries.