Canton Firefighters, EMTs Rescue Patient From Vehicle on Steep River Bank

One sent to hospital after Sunday morning accident.

Members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department spent more than an hour early Sunday morning rescuing a patient from a car that had gone over the bank at Torrington Avenue and Bridge Street. 

Minutes after 1 a.m., police and emergency personnel were called to the scene for a report of a vehicle in the water, according to police and fire officials.

When they arrived the vehicle was down a steep bank at the edge of the Farmington River with one person inside.

Approximately 20 members of the volunteer fire department worked at the scene with assistance from University of Connecticut paramedics. The patient was transported to the University of Connecticut Medical Center with minor injuries, police said.

During the incident, fire police closed Torrington Avenue while other volunteer fire department members worked at the scene. 

The incident involved an approximate 20-foot vertical drop and required rescue equipment and the use of the department's ATV trailer, Utility 8, Ladder 2, Rescue 9 and Car 10 (Canton's main ambulance).  

Command of the rescue scene was initially taken by Capt. Wayne Goeben and later transferred to department chief Richard Hutchings. 

Police are investigating the cause of the accident. 

jenny maher October 22, 2012 at 05:09 PM
John, Keep up the good work. Thank you for all that you do!
Sean October 22, 2012 at 11:33 PM
You rock John, i stared at that car all day today and thought it looked familiar! And your verbage was AWSUM! Cheers, Sean
Stevo90210 October 23, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Hmmm.. sounds like the out of date print grammar police are afraid of the big bad internet reporters.
Steven October 23, 2012 at 04:34 AM
It's about the news and understanding the point. I understood the story. Who cares about perfect grammar? I don't even think John gets paid to do write for the patch. If he does I'm sure it's not much. I am just thankful to have these local news stories delivered to my email daily, thanks John
larry October 24, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Was the driver hurt in the crash? Looking at the pictures looks like the vehicle juse rolled of the riad and was not driven off the road.


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