A Mitsubishi Lancer straddled a guardrail while Westport firefighters worked to remove the driver from another vehicle following a two-car accident at Interstate 95 northbound Exit 17 late Saturday night. Seven people were sent to the hospital, most with minor injuries.
The other vehicle, a Lexus RX 350 SUV, was on its side with the driver trapped, according to reports from Assistant Fire Chief William Dingee. It was 50 feet off of the highway and against a tree. A hole was cut in the roof and, with help from Norwalk and Westport EMS, the unidentified driver was extricated and taken to the hospital. Her condition is unknown. A passenger in the Lexus as well as five people from the Mitsubishi were also taken to Norwalk Hospital.
Thermal imaging was used to scan the woods for additional victims. The Mitsubishi was secured to prevent it from shifting off of the guardrail and sliding down the hill. Westport firefighters remained on the scene to assist state police with lighting. The last fire unit cleared the scene at 12:38 a.m. Sunday.
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