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Update: Police Investigate Fatal Crash at Route 110-111 Intersection

A CL&P employee discovered an SUV in a gully while inspecting a pole Monday morning.

Update: 4:46 p.m.

A video of police officers, firefighters and a towing company pulling the SUV from the woods between 2:30 and 3 p.m. was added to this story. Portions are silent to drown out nearby conversations during the recording.

 

Original Report

At around 9:39 on Monday morning, a Connecticut Light & Power employee slowed his truck down on Monroe Turnpike (Route 111), directly across the street from the Route 110 intersection, to inspect a pole following last Saturday's storm, when he looked down and noticed a vehicle in a gully off the roadway, according to police.

Monroe police officers, firefighters and Emergency Medical Service personnel responded to the scene, but quickly determined that the male driver was deceased. There were no passengers.

Police Capt. Michael Flick said the driver has yet to be identified, adding police also don't know how long the SUV was in the woods.

"We're looking into whether it was a person reported missing from a neighboring town," Flick said.

Officers of the Monroe-Trumbull Serious Accident Investigative Team are currently at the scene and Flick expects them to be there for a while.

He said the vehicle, which looks like a mid-size SUV, was not visible to a normal passerby because of the heavy vegetation.

BIGANT September 11, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I've seen several accidents at this intersection with quite a few resulting in cars going through the guardrail and down the gully. I've always wondered why the guardrail there is installed so low to the ground, too low to be effective in preventing cars from leaving the roadway. With this tragic loss of life I think its time to install a more substantial guardrail in the hope that it would prevent future tragedies. May this poor man rest in peace
yoda September 11, 2012 at 01:45 PM
And may his family find peace one day as well!
Safety man September 12, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Nice Job Wrecker Drivers and Crane Operator, very smooth Recovery... I saw the Respect from your company for the Victim and his Family... Well Done !!
Robert S September 12, 2012 at 01:09 PM
At the end of such a major route as 110 it is surprising they merely have a relatively small sign with a two-way arrow. I would like to see a more substantial sign, perhaps sporting diagonal warning stripes seen from a greater distance. Perhaps, instead of a metal guard rail, they could have some combination of rail and layers of rubber anticipating a crash there again, to help mitigate the dangers.
jim laguardia September 12, 2012 at 01:27 PM
there is talk of a rotary going there i think

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