Two Sent to Hospital After Car Veers over Bank off Torrington Avenue

Car lands near Farmington River.

Two people were sent to area hospitals Sunday night after a car they were in veered off Torrington Avenue, went through the post and cable guardrail and slid some 15 feet down the embankment, landing near the Farmington River. 

The accident, which occurred near Bridge Street, happened at approximately 7 p.m. The cre was traveling west on Torrington Avenue, police said.

The two occupants were transported to area hospitals, one with a head injury, according to town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department officials. 

"Injuries are believed to be non life-threatening at this time," a police department releases states. 

Approximately 20 firefighters and EMTs from the volunteer fire department responded to the scene and fire police shut down Torrington Avenue. 

Firefighters responded to a similar scene just weeks ago. In the early morning hours of Oct. 21, one person was rescued from a vehicle that went over the embankment on Torrington Avenue, close to the same spot. 

Police are investigating both accidents. 

Wyatt November 14, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I can't imagine those guardrails did very much. Most of the guardrails in that part of town are broken and falling down.
Jim November 14, 2012 at 09:27 PM
You are correct. The posts were installed to hold up the cables. Now it's the other way around in many cases. Most of the posts along Torrington Ave. are rotten, broken, or missing altogether. Let's hope the town gives top priority to installing new guardrails, at least from Bridge St. to Collins Rd. Happening twice within 3 weeks, and at least 2 other times in recent years, should be a warning that something needs to be done, and sooner, not later. If this car had gone off the road 50 ft further up, it would have gone over a 20-foot retaining wall and into the river.


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