Two people were injured in a Merritt Parkway accident Tuesday morning, the Westport Fire Department said. The injuries, which were minor, were caused when two vehicles collided on the southbound side of the parkway between exits 41 and 40.

The accident occurred at 11:14 a.m. and was cleared by 11:59.

Fire personnel, along with Connecticut State Police, Westport EMS and Norwalk Hospital Paramedics responded and found both drivers in their vehicles, with air bags deployed. Assistant Fire Chief William Dingee said both vehicles sustained "major damage." One of the vehicles was missing a front wheel, while the other had left the roadway, struck multiple small tees and then came to rest back on the road in the travel lane, Dingee said.

Both drivers were taken to Norwalk Hospital for observation. There were no other passengers.

Fluid spills from both cars were cleaned up by the fire department.

Dingee said that airbags and seat belts in use by both drivers prevented major injuries. "All drivers are reminded to use all available safety devices while in moving vehicles," he said.