VERNON, Conn. (WTNH)– Fourteen people were taken to the hospital after a three car accident on I-84 westbound in Vernon, Sunday.
Police say just before 6 PM, a van was traveling in the right shoulder at a high rate of speed when it moved abruptly into the right lane and struck another car. That car came to a controlled stop farther ahead on the right shoulder.
The van then continued to travel into the left lane where it hit the second car, sending it into a median.
The van then moved back across all lanes back to the right, where it traveled over a metal guardrail and overturned down an embankment.
All 13 occupants of the van were transported to the hospital after several had to be extricated from the overturned van. Eleven ambulances responded for those with minor injuries. Both Life Star helicopters were also called in for three people with serious injuries. Those have since been upgraded to non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the first car hit refused medical assistance while the driver of the second car was taken to an area hospital for possible injuries.
I-84 westbound was closed after the accident while police investigated.