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Two Dead in Early Morning Car Fire on Merritt Parkway

Initially the Fairfield Fire Department and Westport Fire Department jointly responded to a report of a grass fire on the side of the Merritt Parkway, but on arrival firefighters discovered there was a vehicle on fire.

Two people reportedly died in a car fire that occurred at about 6:30 a.m., Saturday, on the Merritt Parkway, northbound, between exits 42 and 44 in .

Initially the and Westport Fire Department jointly responded to a report of a grass fire on the side of the Merritt Parkway, but on arrival firefighters discovered there was a vehicle on fire, which had ignited the nearby grasses, fire officials said.

"Fire crews extinguished the fire and found two deceased persons inside the car," states a release from Fairfield Assistant Fire Chief Scott Bisson. "The location of the accident was just over the town line in the Town of Fairfield."

The Merritt Parkway was reportedly shut down for several hours between Exits 42 and 44 northbound while state police conducted an investigation. The state medical examiner was reportedly called to the scene.

The report does not state whether the car may have been involved in an accident.

DM March 18, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Scenic trees kill.
BPT 4EVER March 19, 2012 at 01:10 AM
The 2 that were killed were 22 years and 24 years old. They both were sisters and their parents lost their only 2 children in a matter of seconds please pray for their families.
mark March 19, 2012 at 01:53 AM
how sad i don't want to even imagine losing my two sons.
Fairfield Resident March 19, 2012 at 02:48 AM
I wonder if the driver fell asleep at the wheel. It happens more often than you think.
TBL of CT March 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM
just an awful happening...so sad...my thoughts to the family of the 2 girls.
momof3 March 20, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of these two girls. I hope that other young adults (parents) take heed for this horrible event. These girls were driving home after partying in the city all night--can't help but wonder if they should ever have gotten behind the wheel. At the very least, they must have been exhausted.

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