'Dazed' driver runs red light, triggers 3-car pile-up and sends 4 to hospital
FAIRFIELD -- Four people, including a 10-day-old infant, had to be extricated from a three-car crash and sent to the hospital for treatment after a taxi cab driver drove through a red traffic light Tuesday afternoon.
The cabbie, Joseph Schnell Jr., 53, was driving a van belonging to Yellow Taxi, and said, and later told officers he "went into a daze" when he drove through the red signal on Kings Highway Cutoff around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Schnell was traveling west on Kings Highway Cutoff, and slammed into a car that was southbound on New England Avenue and had the green light, according to the report. The impact spun the car across Kings Highway Cutoff's eastbound left lane, where it struck a third car that was stopped at the red light.
The force of that collision pushed the third car off onto the grassy strip off the roadway, while the second car continued back across the eastbound lanes, over the median divider, across the westbound lanes and into a stone wall at Ganim's Garden Center.
The driver of the second car had to be extricated, as did the three passengers in the third car. None of the injuries was believed to be serious, according to police.
Schnell was issued an infraction for failure to stop for a red light.