Fairfield Fire Department Frees Driver From SUV After I-95 Rollover

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Fairfield police, State Police and Fairfield firefighters work at the I-95 Exit 22 extrication Wednesday morning.
Fairfield police, State Police and Fairfield firefighters work at the I-95 Exit 22 extrication Wednesday morning. Photo Credit: Fairfield Fire Department
Fairfield Fire Department Ladder 2 secures the unsupported exit sign at I-95 accident Wednesday morning.
Fairfield Fire Department Ladder 2 secures the unsupported exit sign at I-95 accident Wednesday morning. Photo Credit: Fairfield Fire Department
Fairfield Fire Department Incident Commander Assistant Chief George Gomola at the accident scene Wednesday morning.
Fairfield Fire Department Incident Commander Assistant Chief George Gomola at the accident scene Wednesday morning. Photo Credit: Fairfield Fire Department
Fairfield firefighters work to extricate a driver on I-95 at southbound Exit 22 after an accident Wednesday morning.
Fairfield firefighters work to extricate a driver on I-95 at southbound Exit 22 after an accident Wednesday morning. Photo Credit: Fairfield Fire Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - A driver trapped in his rolled-over car after an accident Wednesday on southbound I-95 was freed by members of the Fairfield Fire Department.   

The accident occurred shortly after 11 a.m. between Exit 22 and Exit 21, fire officials said.

Before extricating the driver of the SUV, first responders needed to stabilize the vehicle, which had become lodged against a tree in the embankment, fire officials said. 

First responders were able to access the driver by using hydraulic tools to open the doors and remove the roof of the car. The driver was then taken to a waiting ambulance and then to Bridgeport Hospital for treatment. 

One ladder truck was used to hold the exit sign to keep it from falling on emergency personnel and the patient. One of the two supporting steel I-beams had become detached.

The Connecticut State Police remained on the scene to continue the investigation after firefighters and the Department of Transportation representatives cleared the area shortly before noon Wednesday. 

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