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Driver Runs Off Road, Hits Generator on West Hartford Fire Department Property

West Hartford Police Department hybrid SUV. Courtesy photo (we-ha.com file photo)

West Hartford Police said they are continuing to investigate the cause of the incident.

By Ronni Newton

A driver who ran off the road crashed into a generator at West Hartford Fire Station 5 on Tuesday afternoon, and also hit a monument and a fire hydrant, resulting in closure of Berkshire Road while repairs were being made and the incident was being investigated.

Capt. Eric Rocheleau said in an email that police were notified of the crash at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, and responded along with fire department crews and American Medical Rescue.

According to Rocheleau, the driver of a vehicle headed east on Mildred Road left the roadway, and traveled onto the property of Fire Station 5. When it hit a generator on the property, that disrupted the gas line to that generator.

Fire department crews were able to quickly shut off the gas, and Connecticut Natural Gas was called to the scene to repair the line. The Metropolitan District Commission also responded to repair the hydrant that the driver struck in the incident.

Berkshire Road has since reopened, police said.

Police said the reason the driver left the roadway is unknown, but they are continuing the investigate.

According to police the driver did not appear to be injured, but was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

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