Even a single-vehicle accident can cause injury or death to vehicle occupants, pedestrians or others. Sometimes the aftermath of one collision can contribute to another. Both conditions occurred in relation to a rollover crash in Berlin, Connecticut last Sunday evening.
The driver and sole occupant of a vehicle died at the hospital as a result of injuries sustained when he crossed over normal lanes of traffic, through a wire rope barrier and down an embankment. The vehicle rolled and came to rest upside down in four feet of water. Later, another car struck a Department of Transportation worker responding to the scene. The DOT worker’s current condition is not available, but authorities report that he was conscious and alert during transport to the hospital.
The driver of the vehicle that rolled over was an 80-year-old man. It is not entirely clear what caused him to lose control of his car, but he hit no other vehicles in the collision. Civilian witnesses had already pulled him from the vehicle when emergency crews arrived at the scene. Rescuers with the emergency crews wore cold water gear to search for additional vehicle occupants after securing the vehicle, but there were none. The accident shut down Route 9, where the accident occurred just south of Exit 24, for several hours thereafter.
In addition to taking lives, car accidents also have the potential to change them, both in the short term and the long term, affecting the families of crash victims as much or more than those directly involved. Those experiencing a life alteration due to a car accident may wish to consult an attorney.