Driver Crashes Into Bushes Along Route 8 in Derby

A driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into bushes in the backyard of a house along Route 8 in Derby on Monday morning.

Emergency crews responded to the scene of the crash, which happened just after 9 a.m. near Mowhawk Avenue and Mountain Street, and spent the morning removing the crushed and mangled vehicle as it teetered on the edge of Route 8.

Derby resident Katherine Crasilli, who lives nearby, rushed to the scene of the accident with her husband after seeing the car launch in the air before crashing into the bushes and hearing "boom, boom, boom" when the car collided.

"I thought he was dead," she said referring to the driver. "It was so loud, oh my god scary. I called 911 and they said 'is he alive' and I said 'I'm not sure.' Two guys were behind him on the highway and they helped get him out of the backseat."

The driver sustained minor cuts from the crash and declined medical attention. He spoke to NBC Connecticut off-camera and said that he was on his way back from a doctor's appointment when a car cut him off, causing him to fly off the road. He said that he didn't remember much about the crash.

No one else was injured. The accident remains under investigation.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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