Driver hurt after car goes off road on Merritt
WESTPORT — A driver was injured after their car went down an embankment off the Merritt Parkway Wednesday morning.
The accident forced the shutdown of all southbound lanes for about 20 minutes between Exits 44 and 42.
The first Westport Fire Department unit arrived at 8:08 a.m. and found a single vehicle on the embankment close to the North Avenue overpass.
“The vehicle had rolled over and the driver, who was the sole occupant in the vehicle, was trapped inside,” the department said in a release. “Westport and Fairfield firefighters worked together to assess the patient, stabilize the vehicle and used hydraulic rescue tools from both departments to perform the extrication of the driver. Route 15 Southbound was shut down for a short time in the area of the accident while firefighters performed the extrication.”
The driver, who was not identified, was removed from the vehicle at 8:29 a.m. and transferred to the care of Emergency Medical Services for transport to hospital.
The last Fire Department unit left the scene at 9:12 a.m and Route 15 was reopened to traffic.
Traffic was backed up nearly four miles.
“As a reminder to everyone, please use extra caution when driving during periods of inclement weather,” the department said in the release. “Leave extra space between vehicles, slow down and never use your phone or other devices that will cause distraction while driving.”