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Driver’s car ends up partially under tractor trailer in Vernon

Part of Interstate 84 eastbound was closed because of a crash that involved a tractor trailer and a car.
Published: Jun. 1, 2022 at 7:56 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 1, 2022 at 12:26 PM EDT
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VERNON, CT (WFSB) - Part of Interstate 84 eastbound was closed because of a crash that involved a tractor trailer and a car.

The state Department of Transportation said the closure was between exits 64 and 66.

Connecticut State Police said the exit 64/65 ramp was also closed for the investigation.

As of 11 a.m. on Wednesday, however, one lane of the highway had reopened.

Firefighters in Vernon said a driver needed extrication from a crash on I-84 on June 1.
Firefighters in Vernon said a driver needed extrication from a crash on I-84 on June 1.(Town of Vernon Fire Department)

Troopers reported serious injuries.

The crash was first called in around 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday.

There’s no word on a cause.

The Life Star emergency helicopter said it responded to the scene.

The driver of the car needed extrication.

“While crews removed the rear driver’s side door and driver’s seat using the jaws of life and hydraulic spreaders to gain access to the patient, responders kept in contact with the patient who was in and out of consciousness,” Vernon firefighters said. “The patient was successfully extricated and transported via Life Star to the hospital for injuries sustained in the accident.”

State police said they called their accident reconstruction team to the scene with the majority of the highway remaining blocked aside from one lane to allow traffic flow.

The Life Star emergency helicopter was called to a crash on I-84 east in Vernon on June 1.
The Life Star emergency helicopter was called to a crash on I-84 east in Vernon on June 1.(Vernon Fire Dept.)

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