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Merritt Pkwy MVA - October 7, 2011
Updated On: Apr 27, 2013


October 7, 2011

The Norwalk Fire Department responded to a 3 car motor vehicle accident on the Merritt parkway this afternoon around 4:30pm with one of the vehicles catching fire. The chain reaction collision occurred southbound between exit 41 and 40B in Norwalk .  Upon arrival off fire apparatus the operators were out their vehicles and had moved them a safe distance away from the involved passenger vehicle. Norwalk Firefighters stopped on the northbound side of the parkway to attack the fire. While fighting the fire the gas tank let go and flaming gasoline enveloped the car, forcing the firefighters to use foam to douse the blaze.  Parkway traffic was stopped in both directions for a half an hour so crews could work safely extinguishing the fire. Once the fire was under control traffic flow was reduced to a single lane in each direction. The northbound traffic opened up two lanes by 5:15 pm after crews picked up their equipment. The southbound side was opened to two lanes by 5;45 pm after the vehicles were towed.  2 Engines a Rescue and a Command Car responded from Norwalk along with a Westport Engine.

In another incident a contractor working at 76 Cedar Street , cut through an old gas line that was not suppose to be in service in service. The call came in just after 5 pm and closed Cedar Street until Yankee gas arrived to secure the flow of gas into the building.  Captain Scott Ready ran the incident while other companies were clearing from the parkway. Captain Ready immediately had the building evacuated and Cedar Street closed due to the threat of an explosion.  The building is a mixed occupancy, with commercial; store fronts on the first floor and apartments on the second and third floor. 10 occupants in the building at the time evacuated safely and were led to a safe area by firefighters.  Firefighters entering the basement encountered the contractor holding his hand over the pipe to slow the flow of gas. Firefighters had to plug the leak after the street valve would not fully close. Yankee Gas crews then put in a new shut off to stop the flow completely.  The incident was under control by 6:15 pm. Contractors have been in the process of replacing the gas lines in the street.


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