Update 12:20 p.m.: According to the State Police’s Public Information office, the driver intentionally drove onto the left side of the road across the oncoming lane of traffic and onto the eastbound shoulder. The driver continued into the woods and struck multiple trees and rocks until coming to an abrupt stop.
The driver was able to get out of the car before it was consumed in flames and was transported to Hartford Hospital via LifeStar helicopter.
It was determined that the driver sustained minor injuries.
The driver later stated that the collision was intentional and that they wished to harm themselves.
The Winsted Phoenix, following Associated Press guidelines, has chosen not to identify the driver.
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Original article below:
NORFOLK — A driver is getting medical attention after an accident on Route 44 in the area of Tim O’Connor Road.
According to the Norfolk Fire Department’s Facebook page, the department, along with Norfolk Ambulance, arrived at the accident scene at 1:30 p.m.
The vehicle involved in the accident was fully engulfed in a fire by the time emergency services arrived.
The unidentified driver, who remains unidentified at press time, was found in the care of two passerbys, including two off duty paramedics.
The driver was treated and transported by Trinity Medic 6 and Norfolk Ambulance.
She was taken to the Hartford HealthCare Center in Winsted and transferred to Lifestar.
It was not specified in the Facebook post to what medical facility the driver was taken to.
According to the department, a subsequent investigation showed a tractor trailer driver witnessed the crash and pulled the unconscious driver from the vehicle seconds before fire consumed the driver compartment.
The driver then left the scene before first responders arrived.
The Winsted Phoenix will update this story as more details become available.