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Car Vs. Propane Storage Rack in Norwich

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.

NORWICH, CT - On Monday, December 26, 2022 around 1:25 P.M., the East Great Plain Vol. Fire Co. was dispatched to 565 West Main St. (Sunoco Gas Station) for a vehicle accident, with the vehicle on top of propane tanks and the occupant still inside the vehicle.

Upon arrival of Car 5, the Norwich Police advised that the occupant was out of the vehicle. The vehicle came to a rest on top of a propane storage rack with about (20) 20lb. propane cylinders inside the storage rack. Car 5 had the gas station secure power to the pumps and close the store. Rescue 5 and Engine 52 arrived. The rescue crew started metering the area and Engine 52 crew stretched a hand line.

It was determined that it didn't appear there was any damge to the cylinders and none were leaking. The police department requested a heavy duty wrecker to lift the vehicle off the storage rack. Car 5 requested CT DEEP to the scene. A CT DEEP representative and heavy duty wrecker arrived approximately one hour after being requested. During that time, the fire department continued to meter the area with no readings.

The vehicle was lifted and removed off of the storage rack, and it was confirmed that no propane cylinders had been damaged during the incident. The operator of the vehicle was evaluated by American Ambulance and released at the scene. The accident is under investigation by the Norwich Police.

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KEITH MILTONCorrespondent

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