Danbury police investigate serious Franklin Street crash
DANBURY — Police are investigating a Franklin Street accident that sent two people to the hospital and closed the street for hours on Monday.
The crash, involving one car, two passengers and a utility pole, occurred near the intersection of Franklin Street and Raymond Place around 4:40 p.m.
The collision snapped a utility pole at the base and knocked down a transformer.
Franklin Street was blocked off from traffic while crews worked to clear the area.
Williams said there were electrical wires attached to the damaged pole that created “a serious risk to the public.”
The vehicle sustained significant front-end damage and the two occupants were taken to the hospital for what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries, police said.
A first responder on scene said one patient was complaining of arm and leg pain and the other of back and neck pain.
“The driver reported an accessory malfunction contributed to the accident, but witness statements suggest speed was a factor,” Det. Lt. Mark Williams said.
The driver told police his rubber floor mat got stuck between his gas and brake pedals, and attempts to move the mat with his feet were unsuccessful.
As he was driving westbound on Franklin Street, the driver said, a pedestrian entered the roadway. He said he tried to hit the brake pedal, but it was still partially covered by the floor mat, and his car began to accelerate. He claimed to have struck the utility pole while trying to avoid the unidentified pedestrian.
Williams said no action had been taken as of Tuesday afternoon, “as the investigation is ongoing.”
In addition to injured people, a damaged car and a snapped pole, first responders had to address a fluid leak from the fallen transformer tank.
The leak was “contained” as of 4:50 p.m, responders said, but about two to four gallons of the unidentified fluid had already made its way into a nearby storm drain.
Responders waited for Eversource to arrive to shut off the power lines and determine what the leaking fluid was.
The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) was also called to the scene, and the city’s health department was notified of the matter.
Eversource arrived on scene around 5 p.m.
The extent of the fluid spill was still being determined an hour after the crash.
Franklin Street was reopen to traffic by Tuesday morning.