Driver escapes car fire on Black Rock Turnpike
At approximately 5 a.m. Thursday morning, an accident shut down Black Rock Turnpike in the area of Hemlock Road for approximately two hours. Fairfield Fire Department, police and EMS personnel were dispatched to a report of a single vehicle accident with a car on fire.
When crews arrived, they found a four-door Toyota Corolla fully engulfed in flames resting on a tree along the side of the road.
According to the driver, Ricardo Beggs of Brooklyn, N.Y., the car caught on fire after crashing into a tree, making his exit from the vehicle difficult. The driver was able to escape the vehicle with only minor injuries and refused transport to the hospital.
Fire personnel quickly extinguished the fire and controlled hazardous runoff from entering the reservoir. A search of the area was conducted to ensure there were no other victims involved in the accident. The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Fairfield Police Department.
According to Assistant Chief Scott Bisson, the cause of the fire was classified as accidental, caused when the car struck a tree head-on." The car and all of the driver's belongings in the vehicle were a complete loss.
Aquarion was notified of the accident, due to the proximity to the reservoir. There did not appear to be any contamination of the water supply from the accident.
Traffic was routed around the accident until the vehicle could be safely removed from the woods.