Woonsocket Pair Killed in Westport, CT Crash

Westport and Fairfield fire officials say the single-car accident's driver and one passenger survived the pre-dawn crash.

and officials say two people were pronounced dead on the scene of a pre-dawn accident Sunday after a single vehicle shot over a guardrail on Interstate 95 northbound between exits 18 and 19.

According to the Hartford Courant's story on the crash, the pair are Terrance Bernard, 46, and Savannah Wakely, 25, both of Woonsocket. The link also has a video from the scene of the accident. 

According to Fairfield Fire Department Assistant Chief Stephen B. Curry, emergency responders received a call at about 3:35 a.m. of a vehicle that had left the roadway “and went over the guardrail continuing down a steep embankment through thick overgrowth and trees for approximately 100 feet before coming to rest on its roof.”

“The driver of the vehicle was sitting on the guardrail and was immediately treated by Westport EMS and AMR Ambulance and transported to the hospital,” Curry said in a press release.

Three others remained in the vehicle, including two pronounced dead on scene, he said.

Westport and Fairfield fire officials extricated the remaining survivor and began treating that individual, Curry said.

“Once the doors were removed the patient was removed onto a backboard and into a stokes basket,” he said. “A mechanical advantage rope rigging system was put into place that was used to haul the patient up the embankment. The patient was loaded into the ambulance and transported by AMR to the hospital. The two remaining bodies were then extricated and removed up the embankment to the roadway and secured to await the arrival of the State Medical Examiner.”

State police are investigating the incident, Curry said.

la_mouffette January 02, 2012 at 06:42 PM
These poor people's families! What a dreadful thing =( The driver was sitting on the guardrail...was that the guardrail the vehicle went over? Was he thrown clear towards the start of the descent, maybe? What on Earth happened??
RonW January 02, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Alan Duquette January 04, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I'm so sorry for both families you will be in my prayers thanks be two god amend.
sheryl Times January 05, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Sheryl, Words can not express what I felt when I heard what happened to Savannah . My prayers are with her three children and the rest of the family. Someday Jehovah will swallow up death forever Isa 25;8.
Gladys Thomas January 05, 2012 at 03:22 AM
My heart hurts soo bad finding out on my bd that my cousins were killed, words can't say enough about how deeply i feel about my families lost ,may Terrance and your daughter Shavonna R.I.P


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