From the Hartford Courant
Police, Utility Crews Respond To Accident, Chain Of Mishaps
April 9, 2003
By JOHNNY MASON, Courant Staff Writer
WINDSOR -- Police Chief Kevin Searles was riveted to his scanner Tuesday morning, listening to his officers and Windsor firefighters teaming up to tackle a bizarre chain of events.
About 7:45 a.m., a Windsor police dispatcher received a 911 call reporting that a motorist's car had hit a utility pole on Day Hill Road and she was trapped in her car because severed electrical wires had landed on its roof.
The woman, who according to fire officials had only minor injuries, was calm throughout the hourlong ordeal and was speaking with her rescuers while waiting for a CL&P crew to arrive to shut off the electricity.
The accident knocked out power at nearby The Hartford Financial Services Group, trapping two employees in an elevator.
The crash also backed up traffic for 2 miles in both directions on Day Hill Road, keeping the CL&P crew from getting to the scene.
But they weren't alone. Workers from the Farmington-based Otis Elevator Co., on the way to rescue the two employees trapped in the elevator, were also stuck in traffic.
Searles said he listened with amazement as his officers and the firefighters realized what had happened to the CL&P and Otis crews. Police drove up and down the lines of traffic until they found the trucks and escorted the utility crew to the accident and Otis to the insurance company on Great Pond Drive.
"I was very impressed with how Windsor's emergency services worked today," he said.
"Everyone worked together on this one," town fire inspector Bob Bolasevich said.
If police and firefighters thought their morning work was done, they were wrong.
Some firefighters had to spin off to a report of a fire at Konica Business Technologies on Marshall Phelps Road. Then, minutes after removing the woman from her car, a second alarm reported a fire at ABB Combustion, an international company on Day Hill Road. Like the alarm for Konica, firefighters theorized the accident triggered a power surge, but no fires.
"Everyone lived happily ever after," said Sgt. Thomas LePore, who helped with the accident.
Well, almost everyone.
Police also had to deal with Jonathan Lopez, a 20-year-old East Hartford man, whom they accused of impersonating an emergency medical technician at the accident scene.
Police said Lopez responded to the accident driving a vehicle with a flashing green light. When stopped by police, he said he was a "medic," police said.
In addition to criminal impersonation, Lopez was charged with reckless driving and unauthorized use of a public safety light, police said. Bail was set at $500 and he was scheduled to appear April 22 in Enfield Superior Court.
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Thread: A mess, a mutt, and good work!
04-09-2003, 04:31 PM #1
A mess, a mutt, and good work!IACOJ Agitator
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04-09-2003, 07:56 PM #2
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One thing after another I see... but at least the situation was resolved. I'm surprised that the "medic" didn't tell the police that he was just celebrating Christmas a little late with his green light!
04-09-2003, 10:38 PM #3
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Originally posted by WVFDCap
I'm surprised that the "medic" didn't tell the police that he was just celebrating Christmas a little late with his green light!If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)
"I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD
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04-09-2003, 11:39 PM #4
BTW, not to get involved in a light color discussion so this is just for information: volunteer FF's in CT use blue lights, members of ambulance corps use green lights.IACOJ Agitator
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