First day of February keeps fire department busy
The Fairfield Fire Department responded to six motor vehicle accidents on the first day of February, beginning a little after 9:30 a.m. and continuing through 4 p.m., according to on-duty Shift Commander Assistant Chief Doug Chavenello.
The first accident involved a 2009 Dodge Journey and a 1999 Nisson Century on Melville Avenue, just south of Stratfield Elementary School. Engine 3 personnel checked both drivers for injuries and removed hazards from the scene prior to vehicle removal. The scene was cleared within 45 minutes of firefighters' arrival.
The second accident occurred when a box truck traveling northbound on Interstate-95 left the highway and ended up in the trees just west of the Mill Plain Road exit, affecting traffic for several hours during the initial response and removal of the truck and its spilled diesel fuel.
"We got the call at 10:47 [a.m.] for a truck rollover down an embankment," said Chavenello, noting that responding units included Engine 1, Rescue 1, Ladder 2 and Car 3. "Engine 1 was on the scene within four minutes and found a box truck off the embankment and hung up in the trees, with both the driver and his passenger out of the vehicle."
According to an incident report, the box had broken apart upon impact and its contents, Ikea furniture en route from New Jersey to the New Haven outlet, was strewn across the hillside. The driver was transported to Bridgeport Hospital by American Medical Response (AMR).
Due to the diesel fuel spilled in the accident, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Investigator John Aceto was called to the scene, and Connecticut Tank Removal brought in to remediate the spill. Bud's Truck and Diesel Service arrived on scene to remove the wreckage from the embankment. Engine 1 was the last unit to clear the scene, more than three hours later, at approximately 2 p.m.
Less than 10 minutes after that incident, a third accident occurred on I-95 approximately five hundred feet east of the box truck when a tractor trailer struck a Honda Civic, causing minor damage to the automobile. Ladder 2 was diverted to the two-vehicle incident, where they checked for injuries and secured hazards. The passenger of the Civic was taken to Bridgeport Hospital by AMR.
The fourth accident occurred on Easton Turnpike in the vicinity of GE headquarters, where a Cadillac was reportedly struck in the rear by a Ford Ranger. Engine 3 once again responded and found minor damage and no fluids leaking from either vehicle, according to Lt. Wayne Garrison. Both drivers were checked by fire and ambulance personnel and refused medical treatment or transport.
The fifth accident occurred just before 3 p.m. as the result of police activity, when an SUV struck a gas pump at Cumberland Farms on Kings Highway East. Engine 2, Ladder 2, Rescue 1 and Car 3 were initially dispatched and Engine 4 was later called to the scene on a precautionary standby for water supply. Fire apparatus arrived on the scene within two minutes and found a black Jeep had pushed the pump off its pedestal into a Pepsi delivery truck on the other side of the island; a Bridgeport Police Department vehicle was also involved in the accident. The last fire unit cleared the scene just after 5 p.m.
While fire units were at the Cumberland Farms incident, another accident occurred at Verna Hill and Bronson roads. According to an incident report, responding units found two Volvo station wagons involved in a minor accident with no apparent injuries to the occupants of either vehicle.