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Firefighters Douse Merritt Car Fire

The driver of a car that burst into flames on the Merritt Parkway in Westport escaped without injuries Sunday morning.

The Westport Fire Department responded to the call by 10 a.m. When the first unit arrived, firefighters found a car on fire on the side of the road in the grass. A fire extinguisher put on the flames after firefighters determined the driver and any occupants were out of the car, Assistant Chief Robert Yost said.

Once an engine company arrived, a hose line was used to fully extinguish the blaze. The driver was checked by Westport EMS and refused transport to the hospital.

While driving south on the Merritt between exits 42 and 41, the driver told firefighters he ran into a tire that suddenly appeared in the roadway, lost control of the car and struck the median. The car came to rest on to the side in the grass, where it caught fire.

Yost said the driver was wearing a seatbelt and the airbag deployed, preventing any serious injuries.

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