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'Good Samaritan' Puts Fire Out After Car Crashes Into Building

Fairfield firefighters had to extricate the female driver, who reportedly smashed into the Cumberland Farms on Kings Highway.

The scene of an accident at Cumberland Farms in Fairfield, Conn., the morning after. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
The scene of an accident at Cumberland Farms in Fairfield, Conn., the morning after. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre

An unidentified woman had to be extricated from her vehicle Monday night after she crashed into the Cumberland Farms on Kings Highway.

The woman was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Fairfield Fire Department. Three other individuals — who were in vehicles that were struck by the woman's vehicle as it came barreling into the gas station — were also transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The woman's car reportedly erupted into flames when it crashed into the building. It was quickly extinguished by a Good Samaritan who grabbed a fire extinguisher from the business, before firefighters arrived.

The accident took place around 8:45 p.m. on March 24, and led to the closure of the exit 24 off ramp on Interstate 95 southbound for about two hours. The gas station is across the street from the end of the off ramp, and initial reports indicated that the woman may have came off that off ramp before she crashed.

The Fairfield Fire Department reported that the "all stop" button on the gasoline dispensing units had been engaged, as a safety precaution.

Firefighters utilized hydraulic rescue tools to remove the driver's side door of the vehicle. The driver — the unidentified woman — was stabilized by AMR personnel, removed from vehicle on a long board, and transported to the hospital. 

Three other vehicles were involved and damaged in this accident, as was the Cumberland Farms building and grounds. 

On Tuesday morning, a few windows of the business were boarded up and caution tape remained roped up around the area of the impact. The Redbox movie rental is out of commission, but the gas station and Dunkin' Donuts are open.


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