April 21, 2012
The Norwalk Fire Department responded to 4 separate motor vehicle accidents this morning on Interstate 95. The first accident occurred at 1:50 am and finished with the last accident at 5:15 am. The accidents all occurred within a 1 mile stretch of highway northbound from the Yankee Doodle Bridge over the Norwalk River to the Westport town line. The accidents involved 5 extrications and transport of 7 patients, to Norwalk Hospital . The Westport Fire Department assisted in two of the accidents. AMR ambulance and Darien EMS also assisted with patient care.
I-95 was shut down several times over the course of the night for emergency vehicles and accident investigations. After the second serious accident, Norwalk Police were called to the highway to assist State Police with diverting traffic off exit 16.
Accident 1: Northbound I-95 near the Westport town line in Norwalk . The accident involved two cars and a tractor trailer. 1 car facing the wrong way was pinned between the center guard rail and the tractor trailer. The lone operator was extricated by the Westport Fire Department. The other car had struck the rear of the trailer and ended up in the breakdown lane. That operator was extricated by Norwalk Firefighters. The extrications took about 20 minutes for both drivers who were transported to Norwalk Hospital .
Accident 2: Northbound I-95 in the area of the entrance ramp from East Avenue . The accident involved an SUV rear ending a tractor trailer style dump truck. The driver was extricated by both Norwalk and Westport firefighters working both sides of the car. The extrication took about 30 minutes due to the type of collision and the driver being pinned under the dash board. He was transported to Norwalk Hospital with possible life threatening injuries.
Accident 3: Northbound I-95 on the Yankee Doodle Bridge prior to exit 16. This accident involved a 1 car spin out into the center barrier and two other cars striking the spun out car. Norwalk firefighters worked for 15 minutes to extricated two occupants from the car. A male passenger and a female driver whom was knocked into the back seat were transported to Norwalk Hospital along with two young males from another vehicle.
Accident 4: Northbound I-95 on the Yankee Doodle Bridge as the investigation of the 2nd accident still had the highway closed and traffic diverting off exit 16. A driver plowed into the back of a car sending it into the rear of a tractor trailer, as traffic was merging to exit. 1 female driver was transported with minor injuries. A 5 quart oil spill was contained prior to entering the Norwalk River below the bridge.