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Bear Struck, Killed on I-91 in Windsor

The accident occurred on the northbound side of the highway in Windsor near exit 39.

A bear was struck and killed on Tuesday night when it walked into traffic on the northbound side of Interstate 91, according to Connecticut State Police, Troop H in Hartford.

The people riding in the car were not injured in the collision, which occurred near exit 39, according to a state police desk trooper Wednesday morning. The highway was not shut down at any time.

Bear sightings in Connecticut have increased over the last few years, including in Windsor where the encounter also . Yet, there are .

For a full list of bear dos and don'ts see the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's website.

WR June 26, 2012 at 02:19 PM
@Maria, most of the abandoned buildings/properties as you put it are in cities, and higher tax locales. A $50M building in Hartford would pay 2-3 times more in property taxes than in Windsor Locks, 2.5MM(HFD) vs 810K(WL) vs 993K in Windsor, based upon 2009 OPM data. So would someone like to explain to me how taxes do not effect behavior.
Maria Giannuzzi June 26, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Well, WR, if you come to Windsor Locks you will see several abandoned commercial/industrial buildings on Main Street. There are also a few large empty commercial/industrial buildings near Old Country Road in Windsor Locks. Our lower tax rate hasn't attracted businesses to these properties. Many small towns and even rural areas have empty commercial and industrial buildings. They are not all in cities. But you are right, taxes do affect the behavior of some developers and businesses. Recently, a small manufacturing company took over an abandoned commercial property in Windsor Locks that had been contaminated by toxic materials and was subsequently cleaned up. I am assuming this company got some tax breaks, although I am not certain. I do know that many large, profitable companies are getting tax breaks and other incentives from the state and local governments when they put up new buildings on undeveloped agricultural and rural land. Dollar Tree is just one example.
Maria Giannuzzi June 26, 2012 at 04:36 PM
It is Old County Road in Windsor Locks, not "Old Country Road."
Jon June 26, 2012 at 05:57 PM
they are vacant for a reason and not always in the best of areas.
Maria Giannuzzi June 26, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Yes, some of the old commercial/industrial properties are problematic. But we have the technology and expertise to recycle most of these abandoned sites and make them productive once more. (Sometimes old buildings should be demolished, the land cleaned up and then put to other uses.) Because if we don't, we will have more and more abandoned properties as businesses continue to build newer and newer. These abandoned properties are sometimes contaminated and are subject to vandalism and fires, the costs of which will most likely be borne by taxpayers. This is not a good scenario for communities long-term.

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