TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A single-car crash early in the morning in Torrington killed two Litchfield teens and put three more in the hospital.
The 911 call came at 2:30 a.m. When police and the fire department got to Rossi Road, they found the car on fire.
“It’s a downhill descent,” explained Chief William R. Waldron, Jr. of the Torrington Police Department. “The vehicle veered off to the right side of the road, struck a tree and went down an embankment into a wooded area.”
The five teens inside ranged from 14 to 16 years old. The two who died were 16 year-old Matthew Rousseau and 16 year-old Thomas Graveline. The survivors included 14 year-old Camilla Seymour, 16 year-old Anthony Caselas, and 16 year-old Dylan Brocar.
“Two were transported to St. Mary’s hospital in Waterbury and transferred to CCM in Hartford,” Baldwin said. “One youth was Lifestared from here to CCM in Hartford.”
The teens were not related, they were friends and all students at Litchfield High School. 14 year-old Ulises Do Carmo was neighbors with one of them and brought flowers to the crash site.
“We’re all just feeling really sad, just mourning everybody,” Do Carmo said. “I mean there’s no real way to feel. You don’t know how to feel when something like this happens.”
Region 6 Superintendent Chris Leone put out a statement reading, in part: “I ask at this time you take a moment and offer a prayer, or positive thoughts, for our students, their families and our community, as it experiences a difficult situation.”
Leone also said the district is arranging for grief counselors. Chief Baldwin said first responders may also need that after seeing this awful crash.
“Our officers see tragic things all the time, but it’s even more heartbreaking when it’s two young kids,” Chief Baldwin said.
Police are looking into whether the young driver was legally allowed to be behind the wheel, at that hour, with 4 other teens in the car.
Police say Rossi Road is not a road that has a lot of accidents.
On Wednesday, police said they learned Dylan remains hospitalized following surgery and Anthony is now home after being released from the hospital.