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CROMWELL, Conn. (WTNH) — A state trooper and firefighter were struck and seriously injured on Route 9 South in Cromwell Wednesday morning.
The incident was reported around 7:30 a.m. The trooper and firefighter were responding to a rollover crash near exit 22S when they were struck by another vehicle.
According to state police, two pedestrians, Trooper William Atkins, and Cromwell Firefighter Jon Bicking were standing in the roadway and investigating the initial crash that the responders were called to.
While at the scene, the driver of a Honda Accord lost control of his vehicle, swerved into the side of the scene, and struck Trooper Atkins and Firefighter Bicking.
Connecticut State Police released dashcam footage of the crash on Wednesday evening.
Editor’s Note: Dash camera footage of the incident can be seen below. News 8 has chosen not to show the full video due to its graphic nature.
The Honda came to a final stop on the shoulder of the roadway, and troopers reported that the driver was uninjured.
Trooper Atkins and Firefighter Bicking were quickly transported to Hartford Hospital after the incident. State police said that while the trooper’s injuries seem minor, the firefighter’s injuries appear to be serious in nature.
The driver, who police identified as 43-year-old John Onyekachi Chidiadi, was charged with numerous motor vehicle violations and was released from custody with a $1,000 security bond.
Chidiadi has a court date set at the end of February.