Two pickup crashes shut down Congress Street, KO power
Two men were injured and one was taken into custody by police after two accidents involving pickup trucks on Congress Street late Monday, according to Assistant Fire Chief George Gomola.
The first man was injured after driving his truck into a utility pole, causing it to snap, fall onto his truck and trap him inside, Gomola said.
As that driver was being treated, a second pickup crashed into a tree in the same area, sending that driver to the hospital, Gomola said.
The accidents took place around 10 p.m. Monday near Brett Road.
A stretch of Congress Street was closed down several hours.
The utility pole was supporting an electrical transformer, which caught fire and made the driver's extrication from the vehicle more difficult for firefighters, Gomola said. After United Illuminating shut down power to the transformer, firefighters from Engine 5 extinguished the small blaze on the utility pole.
Neighboring houses lost power while UI crews worked to repair damage.
The driver of the first pickup was pulled to safety by fire Lt. Ray Bullard, but declined medical treatment. He was then taken into police custody, Gomola said. The charges against the driver and his identity were not immediately released.
The driver of the second pickup that crashed into a nearby tree was able to get out of the damaged vehicle and suffered minor injuries, according to Gomola. He was treated by the Ladder 1 crew and taken to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Gomola said.