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Car Goes Down Embankment On Merritt In Westport During Heavy Rain

Westport firefighters respond to a crash scene after a car went down an embankment on the Merritt Parkway during heavy rains on Saturday morning.
Westport firefighters respond to a crash scene after a car went down an embankment on the Merritt Parkway during heavy rains on Saturday morning. Photo Credit: Westport Fire Department
Two people were injured after this car went down an embankment on the Merritt Parkway in Westport during a rainstorm Saturday morning.
Two people were injured after this car went down an embankment on the Merritt Parkway in Westport during a rainstorm Saturday morning. Photo Credit: Westport Fire Department
Two people were injured when a car went down an embankment on the Merritt Parkway in Westport during heavy rains on Saturday morning.
Two people were injured when a car went down an embankment on the Merritt Parkway in Westport during heavy rains on Saturday morning. Photo Credit: Fairfield Fire Department

WESTPORT, Conn. — Two people were injured after car went down an embankment and slammed into a tree during heavy rain Saturday morning on the northbound side of the Merritt Parkway, Westport firefighters said.

The crash occurred at about 6:35 a.m. between Exits 42 and 44, said a statement from Assistant Fire Chief Brett Kirby.

One person was trapped in the car because of the impact against the tree, Kirby said. Firefighters used hydraulic rescue tools to extricate the person, he said.

The passenger side door was removed quickly, and the occupant was removed from the vehicle to get care from EMS, Kirby said.

"We would like to remind everyone to take extreme caution when driving in inclement weather," he said. "Roadways can become slick with just a small amount of rainfall, particularly after a long dry spell."

Engine 6, Engine 2, Rescue 3 and the shift commander responded to the call. The scene was cleared by at 7:10 a.m., he said.

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