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Four Extricated by West Hartford Fire Department after Rollover Crash

West Hartford Fire Department crews on the scene of a rollover crash off I-84. Courtesy photo

Four people were taken to the hospital for treatment after being extricated from a vehicle that ended up in an embankment near I-84 Exit 42 in West Hartford.

By Ronni Newton

Paramedics from the West Hartford Fire Department treated four injured people Thursday evening after extricating them from a vehicle that rolled over and came to rest in heavy brush of an embankment near Exit 42 of I-84 eastbound in West Hartford.

Assistant Chief Hugh O’Callaghan said that West Hartford Public Safety Dispatch was first notified of the rollover incident by Connecticut State Police at 5:51 p.m. Units from the fire department as well as West Hartford Police responded.

O’Callaghan said that when fire crews arrived on the scene at 5:57 p.m., State Police and West Hartford Police were providing traffic control and had already initiated first aid to the occupants of the vehicle involved in the rollover.

The occupants were removed from the vehicle, and West Hartford Fire Department paramedics navigated hazardous terrain to treat the four injured people at the scene, O’Callaghan said. All four were transported by AMR, accompanied by West Hartford paramedics, to area hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Fire department crews also assisted in stabilizing the vehicle that was involved in the crash, and the scene was cleared of all hazards by 6:30 p.m. and turned over to Connecticut State Police for investigation.

O’Callaghan expressed thanks to dispatchers, and West Hartford and Connecticut State Police for “their timely and accurate communications” which allowed paramedics to arrive at the scene within five minutes.

“Additionally, the department would like to thank all of the witnesses that stopped to render care and provide assistance to those involved in the accident,” O’Callaghan said.

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