Man dead, woman se­ri­ously hurt in crash

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - OBITUARIES/NEWS - By Jim Shay and Regis­ter Staff

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened just be­fore 5 p.m., ac­cord­ing to state po­lice, near Hub­bard Road and Soobit­sky Drive. The driver killed in the crash was An­drew Dou­glas Hamil­ton, 41, of Nor­wich. The other mo­torist, who was se­ri­ously in­jured, was a 40-year-old woman who lives on State Street in North Haven, po­lice said.

HADDAM — One man is dead and a woman se­ri­ously in­jured af­ter a headon crash on Route 81 Thurs­day evening.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened just be­fore 5 p.m., ac­cord­ing to state po­lice, near Hub­bard Road and Soobit­sky Drive. The driver killed in the crash was An­drew Dou­glas Hamil­ton, 41, of Nor­wich. The other mo­torist, who was se­ri­ously in­jured, was a 40-year-old woman who lives on State Street in North Haven, po­lice said.

Hamil­ton was driv­ing a 2004 Dodge Neon, and the North Haven woman a

2004 Chrysler Se­bring.

Both ve­hi­cles had front airbags de­ployed and were towed from the scene, ac­cord­ing to the ac­ci­dent re­port.

Upon ar­rival, Haddam Vol­un­teer Co. fire­fight­ers en­coun­tered two pa­tients with se­ri­ous in­juries pinned in­side their ve­hi­cles. Both driv­ers were wear­ing seat belts and air bags were de­ployed, ac­cord­ing to fire of­fi­cials. Each ve­hi­cle sus­tained se­vere dam­age with more than a foot of in­tru­sion into the driv­ers’ com­part­ments.

Hamil­ton was head­ing south on Route 81, also known as Killing­worth Road, at the time of the ac­ci­dent, po­lice said. Af­ter re­mov­ing the driver’s side doors, cen­ter pil­lar and dash, crews were able to rapidly ex­tri­cate the pa­tient.

Life Star, Hart­ford Hospi­tal’s crit­i­cal care he­li­copter, was re­quested, but was un­able to re­spond due to poor weather, of­fi­cials said.

Hamil­ton was sent to Hart­ford Hospi­tal by am­bu­lance. He was pro­nounced dead at the hospi­tal, of­fi­cials said.

The North Haven woman’s legs were trapped un­der the brake pedal, fire of­fi­cials said. Fire­fight­ers us­ing res­cue tools to re­move the driver-side door and roof, at­tempted to cut the pedal, but ul­ti­mately were un­suc­cess­ful due to a lim­ited work area. Crews lifted, or “rolled,” the dash to free the pa­tient’s legs, fire of­fi­cials said.

She was taken to Hart­ford Hospi­tal by am­bu­lance, the re­lease said.

The road re­mained closed for sev­eral hours fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent. Con­necti­cut State Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Any­one who wit­nessed the crash or has in­for­ma­tion per­tain­ing to it is asked to con­tact Haddam Res­i­dent State Trooper Joseph DeAn­gelo at Troop F in West­brook at 860399-2100.

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