Connecticut Firefighters Save Woman After Car Crashes Down Embankment

SEYMOUR, Conn. -- A local woman was seriously injured Monday when her car veered off Great Hill Road and crashed down a steep embankment, requiring an arduous extrication that caused two firefighters to suffer heat exhaustion, officials said.

Phyliss Greco, 40, of Lantern Drive, was headed north on Great Hill when, after negotiating a sharp curve, her vehicle left the road, "struck and damaged approximately 50 feet of metal rope guardrail before plummeting down an embankment approximately 25 feet in depth," Police Lt. Paul Satkowski reported.

Greco was taken by ambulance to Bridgeport Hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries, police said.

The hospital listed her Monday afternoon in "fair" condition with no critical injuries.

Greco's vehicle left the road around noontime "for unknown reasons," Satkowski said in a press release.

Police closed Great Hill in the area of Fountain Lake Road for hours and were still on scene, investigating, until evening, when the road reopened.

Satkowski said Trumbull and Shelton traffic police were helping Seymour determine the cause of the accident.

Town volunteer firefighters and emergency medical workers responded to the scene, and two firemen were treated for heat exhaustion due to the "labor-intensive removal" of Greco from the vehicle, which remained down the embankment, according to police and Assistant Fire Chief Jim Smith.

Smith said a few hours after the accident that the two firemen had recovered.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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