Drivers hurt in Route 101 truck crash
MILFORD – The collision of a dump truck and a Honda on Route 101 near the Milford-Wilton town line on Tuesday, Oct. 11, injured the drivers – one seriously – and forced the closure of the debris-strewn roadway for several hours.
Police say the collision occurred shortly after noon when a 2004 Honda Accord, operated by Jeffrey Lent, 22, of Sharon, was traveling west on Route 101 in Milford and apparently crossed into the eastbound lane of traffic and struck a 1986 International dump truck, driven by Steven Rougeau, 62, of Milford.
Lent was transported by medflight to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., for serious injuries, while Rougeau was taken by ambulance to an area hospital for apparent minor injuries.
On Monday, the hospital reported that Lent had been discharged, and Milford Police Sgt. Andrew Fowle said he is expected to make a full recovery.
The dump truck bore the name of Shattuck Paving, a family-owned paving and sealcoating business on Elm Street in Milford.
In addition to the debris that was scattered over a wide area, fuel and hydraulic fluid that spilled from the vehicles forced a prolonged closure of the road that lasted well into the afternoon rush hour. Traffic was rerouted down Wilton Road and through downtown Wilton.
Police officers said a crew from the hazardous waste disposal firm Clean Harbors was called to the scene to contain and dispose of the spills.
– Cabinet staff