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HVFC News: Fatal Head-On Crash & Three Connecticut River Incidents

By Olivia Drake, HVFC Information Officer

(June 2, 2022)—Haddam Volunteer Fire Company wrapped up the month of May with three incidents on the Connecticut River and two more motor vehicle accidents, one of which involved two fatalities.

On Memorial Day, May 30, Haddam Volunteer Fire Company responded to three incidents on the Connecticut River. At 12:10 p.m., crews were dispatched to Midway Marina in Haddam where a vehicle went down an embankment in a parking lot and slid into shallow water. Both the driver and a passenger were able to self-extricate by the time HVFC arrived on scene. They required no medical attention.

At 1:50 p.m., Connecticut State Police asked for HVFC’s assistance with a marine search after they received two open-line 9-1-1 calls. Both calls were tracked and reportedly came from Haddam Island State Park. A crew from HVFC prepared to launch Marine-13 from Haddam Meadows State Park, but the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection called off the search after a brief investigation at the island.

At 6:00 p.m., HVFC responded as mutual aid to East Haddam to assist with a victim who had fallen from a cliff at Gillette Castle State Park. Crews used Marine-13 to access the neighboring ferry dock, but were cancelled en route.

HVFC was dispatched an hour later to a motor vehicle accident on Route 9 North between exits 8 and 9. No one was injured in the incident.

At 3:00 p.m. on May 31, HVFC was called to the scene of an accident on the Route 82 Connector in Haddam. A vehicle heading westbound was struck head-on by a vehicle heading eastbound in the westbound lane. The operator of the eastbound vehicle died at Hartford Hospital, and the passenger died at the scene. The operator of the westbound-traveling vehicle was transported via Chester Ambulance to Middlesex Hospital and the passenger was transferred to Hartford Hospital via Lifestar with serious injuries. The accident is under investigation by the Connecticut State Police.

As Haddam Volunteer Fire Company heads into the busy summer season, the organization is seeking volunteers to fill the roles of firefighter and fire police. No experience is needed. All training and gear is provided. Email for more information.

Photos by Olivia Drake

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