Vehicle Nearly Falls into River After Crash in Norwich

Norwich Police are investigating after a car nearly fell into a river after a crash overnight on Saturday.

Firefighters from Taftville were called to Route 97 on Saturday morning around 7:40 a.m. for a crash involving a vehicle and pedestrian.

When they arrived, they found a vehicle over the guardrail and down the embankment to the Shetucket River.

Firefighters treated the only occupant for a head injury and hypothermia.

According to investigators, the accident happened overnight and the victim had been in the vehicle calling for help for hours. The victim was finally able to crawl out, climb the embankment and summon help from a passing motorist who stayed until help arrived.

After initial care, the victim was transported to Backus Hospital.

Crews used ropes to rappel down to the vehicle. Officials said the vehicle was within inches of going into the river and was being held up by a single tree.

Norwich Police are investigating numerous possible causes of the crash, but said no pedestrians were involved.

If you witnessed the crash overnight, you're asked to call Norwich Police at (860) 886-5561.

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