Traffic was backed up for miles after the crash on I-84 in Vernon between exits 65 and 66.
People watched the traffic backup and the crash on a nearby overpass.
VERNON, CT (WFSB) -
A multi-vehicle crash that injured 14 people Sunday afternoon in Vernon remained under investigation Monday.
Three of those people were in critical condition, but as of Monday afternoon everyone involved in the crash was upgraded to having non-life-threatening injuries.
According to police, a large passenger van was seen traveling at a high rate of speed in the right shoulder of the westbound lanes of Interstate 84.
Police said the van struck a Mercedes operated by Kevin Taylor, of Easton. Taylor was traveling in the right lane of the highway. The van then swerved left and struck another vehicle operated by Michael Norman, of Higganum.
The van then crossed back left across all three lanes and smashed into the metal guardrail before it became airborne and ended up in a wooded section along the right side of the westbound lanes.
Two LifeStar helicopters landed on the highway, and 10 medics were on the scene.
The driver of the van, David Soriano, of New York, was thrown from the vehicle and was one of the people in critical condition. Another person who was in critical condition was a woman who had her leg stuck in a door of the vehicle.
Three people in all were extricated from the vehicles. It took an hour to get all three removed.
One firefighter suffered a minor injury from an extrication tool.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Police have yet to interview the victims. No charges had been filed as of Monday afternoon.
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Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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