State Police say at around 2:36 p.m., a Toyota Camry stopped abruptly in the left lane of traffic, near exit 62 on the northbound side of the Merritt Parkway. Two state police cruisers then stopped behind it and activated their emergency lights.
Three other cars were all also traveling northbound in the left lane and were unable to stop. That’s when a Ford Ranger was hit from behind by a Subaru, which caused the Ford to continue, before pulling over to the right shoulder.Related: State Trooper injured in collision on Merritt Parkway in Hamden
Police say the Subaru was then struck by a Honda Civic, which pushed it into one of the police cruisers. It then spun out from the impact and hit the other police cruiser in the right rear.
A Honda Pilot then hit the Honda Civic in the rear and went airborne, before landing and going off into the guardrail of the right shoulder of the highway.
Five people were taken to hospital by ambulance for treatment of minor injuries, including the two State Troopers, identified as Tara Kootz and Carl Schlicker.
Route 15 was closed for over two hours for the investigation.