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Thursday, August 17 Local

Crash on the Merritt prompts Westport fire department reminder

WESTPORT — Following a motor vehicle accident Saturday morning, the town’s fire department wants to remind residents that roads become slick during and after rainfall.

The Westport Fire Department responded to the Merritt Parkway northbound between exits 42 and 44around 6:35 a.m. Saturday, the department said. The call came in the midst of what the department said was torrential rain.

“We would like to remind everyone to take extreme caution when driving in inclement weather,” the department said. “Roadways can become slick with just a small amount of rainfall, particularly after a long dry spell.”

The department said injuries were reported and extrication was needed, so the department dispatched several units.

The unit that arrived first said a car was down an embankment and that the driver’s side of the car had collided with a tree.

The passenger of the car was extricated using hydraulic rescue tools, the department said.

By 7:10 a.m., the fire department said it had cleared from the scene.

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