Fairfield firefighters came to the rescue Wednesday of a driver whose SUV crashed down an embankment and into a tree off the side of Interstate 95 southbound.
Firefighters had to extricate the victim from the vehicle. Crews responded to the scene of the accident, in between exits 22 and 21, shortly after 11 a.m. on May 7.
Fire personnel stabilized the vehicle, which had lodged against a tree, and gained access to the driver by using hydraulic tools to open its doors and remove the roof. The victim was placed on a longboard for transfer to an awaiting AMR ambulance, which transported the victim to Bridgeport Hospital.
While crews were working, Ladder 2 was extended to stabilize an overhead exit sign, which had become a potential hazard after one of two supporting steel beams was knocked off during the accident.
Fire Chief Richard Felner was on scene working as a liaison with Connecticut State Police, the agency investigating the crash.