A driver suffered serious injuries when a car became wedged under a truck in a nine-vehicle accident involving three trucks early Tuesday on I-95 north near Exit 19 in Fairfield.
Fairfield firefighters who arrived at the crash around 1:15 a.m. found the driver trapped inside the car, which had continued partially under a box trailer.
I-95 North was closed for more than an hour.
After the first engine company to arrive found the trapped driver, Assistant Chief Erik Kalapir requested two additional engines and a ladder truck. A total of 17 firefighters were needed to use pneumatic struts and air bags for a lifting operation of the box trailer, while at the same time compressing the suspension of the pinned vehicle. A grip-hoist was utilized to remove the car from under the box trailer in a controlled operation. Only then could the driver be extricated utilizing hydraulic cutting and spreading tools, according to Assistant Chief Eric Kalapir, the incident commander.
American Medical Response provided medical treatment and transported the frieed driver to Bridgeport Hospital with serious injuries. A second driver from a different tractor trailer was also transported to the hospital for treatment and evaluation.
Connecticut State Police and Department of Transportation crews remained on scene for accident investigation and to restore traffic.