Motorists going westward on Interstate 84 experienced lengthy travel delays on the afternoon of Friday, June 27, following a five-vehicle accident that occurred on the highway near the Tunnel Road overpass.
The collision resulted in three drivers being transported to Danbury Hospital for various injuries received in the multiple-impact incident, state police said. Also, another driver and a passenger reported pain, but refused medical transport, state police said.
The incident involved five passenger vehicles being driven by people from Newtown, Danbury, Glastonbury, and Kingstown, R.I. One of the vehicles was hauling a trailer.
State police explained that the five vehicles were traveling on westbound I-84 about 3:47 pm, near the start of the evening rush, when traffic suddenly slowed due to an accident that had occurred on the median along the eastbound side of I-84.
That quick slowdown caused two rear-ender collisions, resulting in one vehicle spinning out of control and striking two other vehicles.
Three of the five vehicles involved in the crash were destroyed and two received front-end damage.
Two of the five drivers were found to have been at fault and both were issued infractions for traveling too fast for conditions, state police said.
Newtown Hook & Ladder volunteer firefighters responded to the accident.