FAIRFIELD -- A 44-year-old Ansonia man was killed Monday morning after the car he was driving spun out of control and struck a tree on the southbound Merritt Parkway, state police said.

Kevin Rascoe, of Prindle Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene following the crash, which took place just before 11:30 a.m., according to state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance.

Rascoe was nine days shy of his 45th birthday. He was driving a 2006 Acura TSX near exit 44 when the accident took place, Vance said.

Fairfield firefighters, EMS and state police responded after a call came in at 11:26 a.m., according to Fairfield Fire Department Assistant Chief Christopher Tracy.

Tracy said firefighters responded to a call of a possible car fire between exits 46 and 44, but got there to find a car into a tree with no fire. Firefighters from Engine 3 extricated the driver from the vehicle, but state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said Rascoe was pronounced dead on the scene.

The right lane was closed for more than three hours while state police investigated the accident and worked to clear the scene. The left lane was passable but severely congested until the crash was cleared at about 2:45 p.m.

By 12:10 p.m., the DOT said southbound traffic was backed up as far as exit 46 -- more than three miles north of the accident scene. Major delays ensued for the next three hours.

The front end of the vehicle Rascoe was driving sustained heavy front-end damage, Vance said.