2 Taken to Hospital After Crash Involving a Tractor-Trailer, Vehicle Closes I-84 East in Vernon

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Two people were taken to the hospital after a crash involving a tractor-trailer and a vehicle on Wednesday morning and part of Interstate 84 East in Vernon is expected to remain closed while police investigate.

Emergency crews were called to Interstate 84 east just before the exit 65 on-ramp around 7:30 a.m. for a car that had hit a tractor-trailer.

LifeStar was called to the scene while crews used extrication tools to get to the occupants inside the vehicle, firefighters said.

The rear driver's side door and driver's seat were removed using the Jaws of Life and hydraulic spreaders so firefighters could get access to someone who was in and out of consciousness, they said.

One person was transported to the hospital by LifeStar and another person was transported to the hospital by ambulance, according to Vernon Town Administrator and Emergency Management Director Mike Purcaro.

Authorities have not released details on the extent of the injuries.

State Dept. of Transportation officials said the highway is closed between exits 64 and 66. Traffic is able to get through on the left shoulder and in the left lane at this point.

Interstate 84 East in Vernon is closed after a crash and traffic is beginning to get by after a truck fire on Interstate 95 in Darien.

Purcaro said a passing driver called 911 about the crash. At least four fire trucks and six state police vehicles are at the scene.

The accident reconstruction team is on the highway. The area is expected to remain closed while they investigate. There's no estimate for when it could reopen.

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