Boy, 14, thrown from SUV that went down embankment off Route 2 in East Hartford, police say

FILE PHOTO - A teenager was seriously injured when he was thrown from a car that tumbled down an embankment off Route 2 in East Hartford during a weekend crash, state police say. They continue to investigate. 

FILE PHOTO - A teenager was seriously injured when he was thrown from a car that tumbled down an embankment off Route 2 in East Hartford during a weekend crash, state police say. They continue to investigate. 

Connecticut State Police/contributed photo

EAST HARTFORD — A Norwich 14-year-old was seriously injured Sunday when he was thrown from a car as it plummeted down an embankment off Route 2, state police said.

The driver also appeared to have serious injuries, while the front-seat passenger had injuries that appeared to be minor, police said.

According to state police, the crash happened shortly before 1:40 p.m. near Exit 5D when the 2011 Ford Escape XLT and a 2019 Ford Econoline E450 Super were headed east. The Escape’s driver tried to overtake the Econoline by driving in the left shoulder, which narrows, state police said.

The driver then tried to cut back into the lane, where his car hit the Econoline’s left front fender and wheel area, state police said. The initial impact cause the car to veer to the right, where it rolled down the embankment, state police said.

State police continue to investigate the crash.

Anyone with information about the collision, especially witnesses, may contact the lead investigator, Trooper Michael Dean, at 860-534-1000 or at Michael.Dean@ct.gov.

Christine Dempsey may be reached at Christine.Dempsey@hearstmediact.com.