State Police investigate serious Route 8 accident in Shelton

State Police continue to investigate a single-vehicle accident on March 14 that shut down Route 8 southbound for about two hours. The accident occurred in the late morning on Saturday.

A Shelton resident was one of the two occupants in the vehicle, both of whom were taken by ambulance to area hospitals for medical treatment due to serious injuries.

According to the State Police report, the driver was heading south on Route 8 when he lost control of the vehicle just before Exit 12 (Old Stratford Road).

The vehicle swerved into a rock wall embankment on the right side of the highway. Both front airbags deployed. The vehicle involved was a 2014 Chrysler 200LX, a sedan.

Echo Hose Fire crews were among the emergency personnel responding to the scene. “Squad 1 on scene on Route 8 South, just prior to Exit 12, with a motor vehicle accident. Heavy front-end damage. Driver pinned,” said an Echo Hose Fire posting.

“Companies operating on Route 8 south between Exits 12 and 13 with a motor vehicle accident requiring extrication,” said another Echo Hose Fire posting.

Passenger was Shelton woman

The driver, a 30-year-old male from Stamford, was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center. The passenger, a 20-year-old female who lives on Howe Avenue in Shelton, was transported to Bridgeport Hospital.

Both occupants were suffering from what the police report called “suspected serious injury.” Neither were wearing seatbelts, according to the police report.

Route 8 southbound was closed for about two hours due to the need to deal with the emergency situation and for investigative purposes.

The case is under investigation by the State Police, who are seeking the public’s help with any information. People can contact Trooper Shawn Mansfield in the Bethany barracks at 203-393-4200.