Three people, including a firefighter, are in the hospital after two tractor-trailers collided on Interstate 84 East in Vernon Monday morning.
One tractor-trailer rear-ended another tractor-trailer between exits 64 and 66 around 7:30 a.m. After the crash, one of the tractor-trailers hit a light pole.
Crews worked for an hour and 15 minutes to extricate one driver. That driver sustained serious injuries and was freed around 9 a.m., fire officials said. Lifestar responded, landed on the highway and transported the driver to Hartford Hospital.
Firefighters said the other driver involved in the crash suffered minor injuries.
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One firefighter was transported to be treated for heat exhaustion and is expected to be OK.
One of the tractor-trailers was carrying food, so the state Department of Consumer Protection responded.
Department of Energy and Environmental Protected was called because diesel fuel and oil spilled on the highway.
The highway was closed but has since reopened.
The crash remains under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the collision or anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Trooper First Class Timothy Benjamin #491 at Troop C at (860) 896-3200 ext. 8061.
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