Police: ‘Unavoidable chain of events’ caused truck to drive off I-84
BETHEL — State police concluded that an “unavoidable chain of events” caused the crash on I-84 westbound Friday afternoon that resulted in a truck rolling down an embankment into a parking lot.
Alan Dominy, 37, of Terryville, was driving the truck for O&G Industries when the front right tire blew out in the right lane just before Exit 8.
The truck veered out of control and collided with a wire rope guardrail on the right shoulder of the highway. It then rolled approximately 100 feet down an embankment and into a parking lot at 4 Berkshire Blvd.
The truck came to a stop on its right side just below a utility pole with high-power transmission lines in the Ability Beyond parking lot around 1:30 p.m.
It was carrying three-quarter stone, which spilled out onto the parking lot.
When the truck crashed into the wire rope guardrail, the wire rope snapped and went through the rear window of a white 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S, driven by Tiffany Pelletier, 39, of Oakville.
Police said Pelletier had been driving behind the truck at the time of the crash. She did not report any injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene.
Dominy, on the other hand, was taken to Danbury Hospital for minor cuts and scratches on his face, as well as back and neck pain, police said.
Department of Transportation personnel responded to the scene to evaluate the approximately 800 feet of damaged wire rope.
Both drivers told police they had been wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident.
State Police NASTI Certified personnel on scene evaluated the dump truck and determined it was in compliance.
After finding that Dominy had not caused the crash, state police deemed the circumstances as “an unavoidable chain of events.”