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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Merritt Crash Shuts Down Roadway

UPDATE A three-vehicle crash tonight on the Merritt Parkway northbound near Exit 41 shut down the highway in both directions with the northbound lanes closed for almost an hour, according to the Westport Fire Department. Image
The crash scene on the Mettitt Parkway tonight near Exit 41 in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Involved in the 7:42 p.m. accident were two vehicles and a tow truck, said Assistant Fire Chief Mike Kronick. He said all those involved were out of their vehicles when firefighters arrived.

Six persons were injured, three seriously, he said. Westport EMS and a Norwalk Hospital ambulance transported the six patients to Norwalk Hospital.

State police said the tow truck was aiding a disabled vehicle when it was struck by a car.

The tow truck driver and three occupants of the disabled vehicle were injured along with two in the car which struck them.

Westport Center Services towing manager Peter Redgate told News-12 Connecticut he was surprised to hear the driver who had sustained the most injuries was his.

“We’re just glad the fella’s not dead,” he said. “He’s got a 1-year-old daughter and his wife who I’m sure feel the same way.”

Officials reminded drivers of the state’s Move Over Law, which requires motorists to move to the left lane when they see an emergency vehicle, which includes a tow truck with lights flashing.

Police said all six people are expected to recover and that the driver of the second car received an infraction for following too closely.

Westport fire units assisted with cleaning the debris from the accident, and the last fire department units cleared the scene at 8:52 p.m., Kronick said.


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