SOUTHINGTON — A multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 84 Wednesday sent three people to hospitals, including one who had to be extricated from a car that suffered heavy damage.
The accident happened around 1:50 p.m. between Exits 28 and 29 of I-84 eastbound.
Firefighters worked for about 15 minutes to extricate the victim before the person was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury,
Two other people were taken to the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. Three more were evaluated but declined to go to a hospital.
The extent of the injuries all suffered was not readily available.
The car that required extrication sustained heavy damage during the collision, which involved six vehicles, including a tractor-trailer rig.
The entire back end of the car from which an extrication was needed was caved in. Somehow, the vehicle’s rear license plate made its way nearly into the front seat area.
The car appeared to be a Subaru, although the model could not be determined.
All three lanes of the highway had been shut down by first responders around 2 p.m. By 2:27 p.m., one lane reopened to allow the massive amounts of traffic that had backed up to pass through.
All three lanes later reopened, following heavy traffic delays.
While firefighters were busy with the accident, mutual aid was called in from Plainville to cover the rest of the town in the event of another incident.
During the crash operation, firefighters were called to a house on Copper Ridge on a report of heavy smoke. Tanker trucks were called in from Wolcott and Berlin before it was determined the smoke was coming from a fire pit where trash was being burned.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.