2 Women, Unborn Child Killed in Route 6 Crash in Farmington - NBC Connecticut

2 Women, Unborn Child Killed in Route 6 Crash in Farmington



    A two car crash closed Route 6 in Farmington for hours on Monday afternoon. (Published Monday, Oct. 14, 2013)

    A 27-year-old pregnant woman and an 86-year-old woman were killed and four other people were injured in a crash on Route 6 in Farmington on Monday.

    Police said a minivan driven by Melinda Hart, 27, of Bristol, and a Buick sedan, driven by Robert Carroll, 85, of Bristol, collided around 12:30 p.m. near the intersection of Route 6 and Hyde Road.

    "Rescuers got on scene and it was immediately apparent that it was a pretty serious accident," said Farmington Police Lt. Colin Ryan.

    Hart, who was eight months pregnant, and Ruth Carroll, a 86-year-old Bristol woman who was in the Buick, were critically injured in the crash. Both were transported to the UConn Health Center in Farmington and did not survive, police said.

    Hart's unborn child also did not survive, police said.

    According to police, Hart and her three children were in the minivan.

    LifeStar transported 8-year-old Caleb Hart, who was in the minivan. He is in the intensive care unit at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, police said. 

    The boy's father, Patrick Muscillo, said Wednesday that Caleb is still in the hospital but was just transferred out of the ICU and is expected to be all right.

    Muscillo's other two children, a 4-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, both of whom were in the minivan, were taken to Saint Francis Hospital and have been released, according to police.

    Muscillo said he had to explain to his children what happened to their mother.

    "If I can be half of a father of what she was as a mother, I'll be doing ok," Muscillo said. "But we know that she's looking down on us and she'll take care of us. She'll guide me. ... I just wish she was here."

    Robert Carroll, the driver of the Buick, was seriously injured and was taken to Saint Francis Hospital. Police said the injuries to his legs and lower body were extensive and there were no updates on his condition as of Tuesday morning.

    "The two cars were smashed up," said witness Holly Strom, of Farmington. "There was a LifeStar helicopter just landing. They put a little boy in it. They were doing CPR on a woman. There were two kids sitting on the ground. They took another one in an ambulance."

    Strom said she lives up the street on Route 6 was heading to the grocery store at the time of the crash.

    "Whenever you have six people in two cars, and all six have to be transported, you know that the impact was pretty severe," Ryan said.

    An accident reconstruction team is investigating to determine the cause of the crash.

    The road was shut down for hours from New Britain Avenue to Scott Swamp Road but has since reopened.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the Farmington Police Department at 860-675-2400.

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