An accident involving a car and a dump truck, just before eight o'clock this morning in Connecticut, took the life of a 71-year-old woman. She was a passenger in a car along with her granddaughter, husband, and father-in-law. The three others in the car were taken to a local hospital for treatment. The dump truck driver was reported to be shaken but was not injured in the fatal truck accident.
According to local law enforcement officials, the Ford Taurus carrying the four occupants pulled out of nursery school parking lot onto the roadway. At the same time the dump truck was driving northbound. The car turned into the northbound lane and was struck by the dump truck. The dump truck reportedly attempted to stop but was unable to do so before running into the Ford.
The fire chief and another off-duty firefighter were in the area at the time of the crash and were the first to respond to the accident. Shortly thereafter, local police and fire rescue teams were on the scene as well.
The father-in-law, who was driving the car, as well as the 70-year-old woman, who was in the rear seat on the driver's side, were both pinned inside the vehicle. Rescue crews had to use hydraulic metal cutters to extricate them from the vehicle. The firefighters were able to free them in just a few minutes and started CPR on the woman immediately, but it was too late to save her.
The accident remains under investigation. The Connecticut Truck Squad unit and an accident reconstruction team are cooperating in the investigation. The Truck Squad unit will be looking specifically for any commercial violations. No charges have been filed so far.
Source: The Wilton Bulletin, "Fatal accident of Route 7" Jeanette Ross, Aug. 9, 2011