Rt. 8 reopened after crash in Torrington near exit 44, patients airlifted by LifeStar

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TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A crash shut down Rt. 8 in Torrington to make way for LifeStar helicopters Thursday afternoon.

Torrington Fire Chief reported that multiple fire engines were dispatched at about 430p.m. to a Motor Vehicle Accident on the Northbound lane of Rt. 8 near exit 44.

One vehicle had rolled over and had two patients with extensive injuries trapped inside.

Two LifeStar helicopters were requested on the scene for the air evacuation of the patients.

Both directions of the highway were shut down for about 40 minutes in the area of exit 44 for the landing space for the helicopters. The highway was reopened around 620 p.m.

Torrington Police report that the patients’ injuries were not life-threatening, but they were taken to Hartford Hospital as precaution.

No firefighters were injured in the rescue. The scene has since been cleared.

Stay tuned to WTNH.com for the latest details of this story as they become available.

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