Connecticut State Police have shared chilling images of a nearly unrecognizable car involved in a crash with multiple semi trucks as a reminder to slow down and keep a safe following distance.
In a Facebook post published on April 27, Connecticut State Police shared unbelievable images of the aftermath of a crash as a reminder to all drivers to drive safely.
From the Connecticut State Police:
SOME MAY FIND THESE PHOTOS GRAPHIC OR DISTURBING.
***Troopers Share Chilling Reminder about Highway Safety***
On April 24, 2018 at approximately 12:20 a.m., troopers from Troop G – Bridgeport, West Haven Fire Department and EMS responded to I-95 northbound near exit 43 in West Haven for a reported crash with injuries involving two tractor trailer trucks (TT).
However, upon arrival troopers found four TTs and a passenger car (Toyota Corolla) involved in the crash. And with vehicles and crash debris strewn across the lanes, troopers closed the highway for the safety of the first responders, crash victims and other motorists.
Troopers, firefighters and EMS immediately checked on the crash victims and, despite what you see in the photos, thankfully there were no fatalities. Only two of the operators suffered serious injuries, but were still able to tell troopers what they could remember about the crash.
How did the crash happen? Three of the TTs and the Toyota were traveling in the right lane when traffic began to slow for a construction zone ahead. The three TTs and Toyota safely slowed along with the rest of the traffic. The fourth TT did not slow down in time and struck the Toyota from behind pushing it into the TT in front of it. The Toyota became sandwiched between the two TTs before being dislodged by the force of the impact.
Three of the TTs and the Toyota were heavily damaged due to the impact of the crash and only two operators were transported to the hospital.
The at fault TT operator was issued an Infraction for Traveling Too Fast for Conditions and Failure to Maintain a Reasonable Distance/Following Too Closely.
Troopers offer a few of the many lifesaving tips:
-Look at traffic ahead of you so you are prepared
-Pay attention to highway signs – they often warn of constructions zones, slick conditions, roadway dangers ahead, etc.
-Reduce speed when approaching highway construction zones or first responders working on the highway
-Don’t follow another vehicle too closely, increase following distance.
-Check traffic by using your rearview and sideview mirrors.
-Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones and GPS devices.
If you are involved in a crash:
-Call 911, give the dispatcher your location and reason for the call.
-Move your vehicle to the right shoulder or right side of the road if you can do so safely.
-Stay in your vehicle and wait for first responders to arrive. It is very dangerous to stand or walk on the highway, even in the shoulder.