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Police: Danbury tow truck driver, 20, dies in Waterbury wreck with tractor-trailer on I-84


WATERBURY — A 20-year-old Danbury tow truck driver died in a rear-end crash with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 84 Thursday night, state police said.


Zachary James Carlson, 20, died at the scene of the wreck, which police said happened shortly before 8:30 p.m. near Exit 23 on the westbound side of the highway in Waterbury.


According to the state police, Carlson was driving a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado medium-duty tow truck behind a tractor-trailer when he failed to “slow down due to traffic” and struck the rig in front of him.


The driver of the other truck, a 62-year-old Massachusetts resident, was taken to Saint Mary’s Hospital with what state police said were suspected to be minor injuries.


State police continue to investigate the crash.

Anyone who saw the crash or has any information about it can call Trooper Tyler Paustian at the Troop A barracks in Southbury at 203-267-2200.





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Zachary James Carlson

July 11, 2002 ~ August 25, 2022 (age 20)


Zachary James Carlson, “Zach”, passed away on August 25, 2022 in Waterbury, CT. Zach was born on July 11, 2002 in Danbury CT to Carl “Chipper” Carlson and Stacey Welsh Munoz.

Zach was a graduate of Bethel High School and went on to work for Meagan’s Towing and Recovery as a skilled tow truck operator. Zach was a hardworking and determined person who took great pride in the growth he made each time he helped with a job. He found purpose in being able to help people in times of need and devoted much of his time to non-profit groups such as the Backyard Beaters Incorporated and the First Congregational Church of Bethel Youth Group. He had a passion for fixing up racing cars and going to car shows in his free time. 

Zach played youth baseball and youth football, then went on to join his high school wrestling team where his headstrong nature proved invaluable his team. He spent this past summer taking fishing trips, attending his favorite country concerts, and enjoying time with his family. Zach has a particular soft spot for his nephew, Paxton. 

Zach was a vibrant & kindhearted and he will be missed deeply by all who knew him. 

Zach is survived by his father Carl “Chipper” Carlson (wife Holly Carlson) and mother Stacey Munoz (husband Edwin Munoz). Four siblings: sister Cassondra Ashley, brother Kodie Carlson, sister Kaitlynn Carlson, and brother Michael Sauer. Maternal grandparents James Welsh Jr & Charlene Welsh, and paternal grandmother Barbara Carlson. Paternal great grandparents James E. Welsh & Joy Welsh. Aunt Tracey Peterson, uncle James Welsh III (Carolyn), Aunt Sarah Welsh, and Uncle Jeffery Frade. Cousins Matthew, Katrina, Megan, Maddison, Zakary, James, Hailee, and nephew Paxton Flynn. As well as his best friend Anthony and many additional beloved family and friends. Zach is predeceased by his maternal grandmother Sandra Wildman and paternal grandfather Jerry Hope. 

A Celebration of Life Service is to be held on Saturday September 3, 2022 at the First Congregational Church of Bethel (46 Main St, Bethel CT 06801) at 10am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Zach’s name be made to the First Congregational Church of Bethel “Book of Remembrance” online at https://firstchurchbethel.org/giving/ or by mail to the address above. 


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From Shaun Harrington:


Procession Info for Saturday 09/03/2022


Thank you again to everyone reaching out for Zachary Carlson's last ride this weekend.


Because of the overwhelming response of drivers wishing to attend. With the help of Bethel Police department

and First Congregational Church please note the following changes..


Please arrive for 9am NO LATER than 10am streets will be blocked off at this point..


I am asking everyone to now stage at the Bethel Train Station, 13 Durant Ave. Bethel CT.


We may also line up along Durant Ave.


We will now begin our procession after the church services have ended


We will leave bethel train station and proceed to the church where the family will pass the urn to us.


We will then be escorted to Bethel High School where at this point those who could not get into the

church or would like to pay their respects to Zachary can take place.


The church is small and they are expecting to hit capacity I will provide a link for live streaming of

the services this Saturday.





The police department has been great in providing whatever we need to get this done so timing is everything.

If you need anything please reach out. I will be in the Grand Prix Motors wrecker and look forward to seeing you all.

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