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