A Secret Service agent joined Greenwich police and other emergency responders in rushing to the scene of a van rollover that sent four people to the hospital Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 95.
The agent, who wasn’t identified, and a Greenwich police officer traveling with the agent were first on the scene of the accident, which happened at about 12:05 p.m. on I-95 southbound between exits 3 and 2, tying up traffic for close to an hour, emergency officials said.
Greenwich Selectman Drew Marzullo, who doubles as a field supervisor for Greenwich Emergency Medical Services, responded to the crash to see the Secret Service agent among those treating patients.
The agent had blood on the dark-colored suit he was wearing — prompting Marzullo to quip “good luck getting that reimbursed by the government,” Marzullo told Hearst Connecticut Media Group.
Marzullo, who praised cops, firefighters and EMTs for their response, said police and firefighters were already on scene when he arrived.
He then noticed the Secret Service agent was among the responders.
Marzullo said he wasn’t certain why the Secret Service agent was in town, but presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is scheduled to be in Greenwich for a fundraiser on Sunday, meaning the agent was likely in town doing advance work.
A Secret Service spokesman had no immediate comment Thursday other than saying all Secret Service agents are trained as first responders.
Greenwich police would not comment on if any representative from an outside agency was involved in assisting at the accident scene.
Marzullo said it’s not at all uncommon for civilians to respond to accidents, especially when they have prior EMS experience, as was the case with the Secret Service agent.
“I noticed a gentleman who was very well dressed and in what seemed to be a very expensive suit very hands on,” Marzullo told Hearst Connecticut Media Group. ” He was tending to the patient as well. He did tell me, he had EMS experience.
Greenwich EMS Executive Director Charlee Tufts said two adults and two children were in the van, and all four were transported to Westchester Medical Center for treatment.
Tufts said two adults suffered head injuries. The two children suffered injuries that Tufts didn’t specify other than to say they were minor.
Deputy Fire Chief Brian Koczak said there was only minor leaking of fluids from the vehicle, and no fire.