Trumbull fire crews, EMS extricate 19-year-old driver after Merritt crash

Firefighters from the Long Hill Fire Department, the Nichols Fire Department and Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, along with first responders from Trumbull EMS and state police, helped extricate a 19-year-old male driver after a one-car collision on the Merritt Parkway around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.

The crews responded to a call about a Merritt crash involving a SUV that struck a tree head-on heading south on the state highway about a half-mile before exit 47.

"The extrication took only 17 minutes," said Long Hill Deputy Chief Alex Rauso. "It was a quick and efficient rescue and, considering the conditions, a well-planned extrication."

He said that the condition of the driver is unknown as of Wednesday morning.

"He appeared to have leg injuries and several lacerations on his forehead," Rauso said.

Trumbull EMS transported the driver to the hospital, he added.

There were no other people in the car at the time of the crash, and the crews were able to get the driver out of the vehicle by cutting through the side door using hydraulic tools and chains.

"The car was mangled up pretty good," Rauso said. "But our guys are well trained at doing that kind of stuff...

"We took the driver out through the side of the door and the roof didn't have to be opened," he added.