Fire department: roof cut off car to rescue injured passenger in Danbury
DANBURY — Firefighters cut the roof off of a station wagon after a crash Saturday evening left a passenger trapped inside the car near the Candlewood Lake shoreline, according to a spokesman for the department
City firefighters were sent to the accident near 40 Ta’Agan Point Road around 5:30 p.m., fire department spokesman James Gagliardo said Sunday.
“Upon arrival units found a heavily damaged Subaru Outback station wagon with a passenger trapped in the front right seat,” he said in a post to the department’s Facebook page.
Initial dispatch reports indicated a driver crashed into a tree. Firefighters immediately started extrication.
Because the car was up against the tree, crews “had to remove the entire roof of the vehicle and then remove the victim across the drivers side of the vehicle,” Gagliardo said.
The fire units said extrication was done by 5:47 p.m.
The passenger was taken to Danbury Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, Gagliardo said.
Reports indicated another ambulance crew responded to evaluate the driver.
The crash occurred in a residential area a short distance from the southern Candlewood lakeshore.
Shortly before 6 p.m., crews remained on scene investigating and clearing the crash site.