One injured on Merritt in Fairfield after tree falls on cars
Updated 8:53 pm, Wednesday, June 29, 2011
One person was hospitalized after a tree fell on two vehicles traveling south on the Merritt Parkway near Exit 44 early Wednesday.
The tree toppled around 3:45 a.m. after thunderstorms ripped through the Fairfield area.
Both southbound lanes of the parkway were closed from Exit 44 through "no man's land" to Exit 42 for more than an hour, according to the state Department of Transportation. One lane was reopened around 4:30 a.m. and the scene was cleared by 5:30 a.m.
Fairfield Fire Engine 5, Ladder 2 and Car 3 along with Stratfield Volunteer Fire Department Rescue 15, were dispatched to the scene. Emergency crews found that two construction vehicles had struck a large tree that had fallen across both lanes.
Fairfield firefighters used saws to cut the tree and clear the parkway for traffic.
The victim's condition and identity were not immediately known.
It was the second incident in two weeks of a tree falling onto a vehicle on the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield County. On Thursday of last week, a Massachusetts man was killed after a tree fell on the car he was driving during a violent thunderstorm. That accident happened between Exits 33 and 34 in Stamford.