SOUTHINGTON - Three people were taken to the hospital and one person was extricated from a car that suffered very heavy damage during a multi-car crash on Interstate 84 Wednesday afternoon.
Firefighters worked for about 15 minutes to extricate the victim before they were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, following a crash between Exit 28 and Exit 29 on I-84 eastbound around 1:51 p.m.
Two other people were taken to the Hospital of Central Connecticut, in New Britain. Three more people were evaluated but declined to go to the hospital.
The extent of the injuries involved remains unclear.
The vehicle that required extrication sustained very heavy damage during the collision - which involved five vehicles plus a tractor trailer. The entire backend of the extrication vehicle was left caved in. Somehow, the vehicle’s rear license plate made its way nearly into the front seat area.
The vehicle appeared to be a Subaru, although the model could not be determined, as it was left completely unrecognizable.
All three lanes of the highway were shut down by first responders around 2 p.m. By 2:27 p.m., one lane re-opened to allow the massive amounts of traffic that had backed up to pass through.
All three lanes later re-opened, 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 hectic crash, firefighters were called to a home on Copper Ridge on the report of heavy smoke showing. Tanker trucks were called in from Wolcott and Berlin before it was determined the smoke was coming from a fire pit.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.