[Updated] State Rep. Wadsworth, Female Passenger Injured in Helicopter Crash

Female passenger seriously injured, officials said.

Update: Irene Van is listed as being in fair condition at 9:30 p.m., according to a Hartford Hospital representative. Fair condition is defined as: "Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious but may be uncomfortable; indicators are favorable."

Original story: A small private helicopter crashed off Meadow Road around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, seriously injuring a female passenger, who officials said was initially trapped. LifeStar was called but was unable to respond and the passenger was transported to Hartford Hospital by ambulance.

The male pilot, who NBC is reporting is state Rep. Bill Wadsworth (R-21), was not seriously hurt, police said. According to officials who declined to be identified, the passenger was Irene Van, of Farmington.

The helicopter, a Robinson R22, crashed into the woods off Meadow Road, fractured and spilled some jet fuel at the scene. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the crash. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officers responded to control the fuel spill.

Farmington Fire and Tunxis Hose responded, as well as UConn parademics.

Meadow Road is currently closed at Meadow Lane but police Sgt. Timothy McKenzie said the road will likely reopen soon, though an officer will be posted at the scene. FAA officials will return in the morning to continue the investigation, McKenzie said.

This is a developing story. Check back with Patch for further details.

Lisa wilson foley April 15, 2012 at 01:18 PM
So sorry to hear about the accident. My thoughts are with Bill and Irene and I am glad that there were no major injuries. My husband is a pilot and every time he flies I worry. We humans are driven to take risks- that is just part of our DNA.
Ron Faibusch April 15, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Best wishes to Irene and Bill for a speedy recovery. Ron Faibusch
Al April 15, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Sorry to read about the accident, Bill. I hope Irene recovers quickly.
James King April 15, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Bill, Kat et.al. Let us know if we can be of assistance. James and Joanne


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