Two men from New Haven were injured and taken to the hospital after a fully-loaded tanker collided with an SUV over the weekend.
Details about the Accident Involving the Tanker
The New Haven Register is reporting that two men were taken to the hospital after a fully-loaded tanker crashed into an SUV that was stopped in the middle of Route 8 and then caught fire in an accident over the weekend.
In a press release, police said that both of the men suffered minor injuries in the accident which happened at about 4 in the morning on Saturday on the northbound lanes of the highway at Exit 41.
Police also said that an Infinity FX35 was being driven by a 40-year-old New Haven man when, for an unknown reason, the SUV was stopped in the middle of the highway.
The tanker was coming up behind the SUV when the driver of the tanker tried to swerve to the right to get out of the way of the SUV, but instead it crashed into the back of it, severely damaging both of the vehicles.
The tanker did not spill any of the gasoline or diesel fuel it was carrying, but the cab of the truck burst into flames. Firefighters and emergency crews from Northfield, East Litchfield, and Harwinton were all sent to the scene of the accident and crews were able to put out the fire.
The drivers of the SUV and the tanker were taken to Waterbury Hospital for treatment by the Thomaston Volunteer Ambulance for treatment.
At this point, police are unsure why the SUV was stopped in the middle of the roadway. The accident remains under investigation, and anyone with any information regarding the circumstances of the accident is encouraged to contact Trooper First Robert Olechowski with Troop L in Litchfield.
Important Information about Traffic Accidents in Connecticut
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- In 2014, there were a total of 248 traffic fatalities in the state.
- In 2014, there were 20 fatalities that were attributed to accidents involving large trucks.
- A majority of the traffic fatalities in Connecticut in 2014 happened in urban areas rather than in rural areas.