Storm raises havoc in New Milford

NEW MILFORD — Several people were injured, at least one critically, as a result of weather-related accidents in New Milford Tuesday evening, according to police and fire officials.

Nearly 6,100 customers, or about 44 percent of the town, were without power as of 8 p.m., according to CL&P, and several roads were closed because of downed trees and wires.

The most serious injury of occurred about 7:20 p.m. when rain and high winds brought live wires down on a car on Van Carr Road, setting the vehicle afire and shocking the driver as he tried to escape the flames.

The victim, reported to be a male in his 40s or 50s, went into cardiac arrest and was taken to New Milford Hospital by ambulance,

His identity and condition weren’t immediately available.

About the same time, emergency personnel were also dispatched to an accident with injuries on Route 7, near the Balmoral Pet Cemetery in the Gaylordsville section.

Information on the number and extent of the injuries wasn’t immediately available.

Route 7 was closed between Riverview and Grove roads.

“We can’t really talk, we’re getting hammered up here,” said a volunteer at the Water Witch Hose Co. on Grove Street.

The storm also caused similar problems in other communities in lower Litchfield County.

All of Bridgewater was without power and there were significant numbers of outages in Roxbury, Washington and Southbury.

Connecticut State Police reported that a tree was down across the travel lanes on Interstate 84 westbound near Exit 14.

Traffic was being diverted onto the shoulder and a state Department of Transportation crew was en route to remove the tree, police said,

John Pirro