Fairfield Fire Department responds to truck that hit tree


Firefighter Jon Catandella assesses the damage on the truck that struck a tree on Congress Street on Monday.

The Fairfield Fire Department’s Engine 5, Ladder 2 and Car 3 responded to a report of a vehicle crashed into a tree off of the road in front of 1261 Congress St., on May 6, at 5:36 p.m.

The 911 caller reported that there was still one occupant trapped inside of the black truck. Due to that additional information, Ladder 1 was called to the scene for manpower and equipment.

Engine 5, under the direction of Lt. Lauri Jepsen arrived on scene at 5:46 and found a Black Toyota Tundra off the road after hitting a tree. There was extensive front-end damage to the vehicle, the left front wheel was completely removed and there was a risk of fire.

Engine 5 personnel utilized an extinguisher as a precaution and attended to patient care. Both patients were located outside of the vehicle. The driver was found lying in the brush with extensive trauma; personnel found the steering wheel severely damaged. The passenger reported no injuries.

Assistant Chief Erik Kalapir, in Car 3, arrived on scene and took command of the incident and immediately requested police close the nearest intersections.  Ladder 1 was placed in service due to the fact that both of the occupants self-extricated. Ladder 2 stabilized the full-sized pickup and assisted with patient care.

The river was stabilized with a cervical collar and backboard. American Medical Response Ambulance arrived on scene and the driver was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center. A refusal of medical care was obtained by the passenger. Ladder 2 and Car 3 returned to service.

The vehicle battery was disconnected and Engine 5 awaited the arrival of the towing company, cleared the scene at 6:30. The police department remained on scene to conduct an accident investigation and notified Public Works of the heavily damaged tree.

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