TOLLAND, Conn. (WTNH)– All lanes of I-84 Eastbound in Tolland are now open after a car went down an embankment this morning, falling 50 feet into the woods.
The Tolland Fire Department says the car went down the embankment at the Cider Mill Road over pass, just before Exit 68. The car fell about 50 feet into woods and 30 feet below the elevation of the highway pavement.
There were four victims in the crash and three of them were ejected from the vehicle. Two people are now in critical condition.
Three Life Star helicopters responded to the scene from Hartford Hospital and UMass, as well as several ambulances. Two patients were flown to Hartford Hospital by Life Star and the other two went to the hospital by ambulance.
The Vernon Fire Department also assisted in the heavy rescue with below grade rescue/extrication of victims, officials said. It took 40 minutes to extricate three victims from the woods.
One of the victims extricated them-self to the highway before fire crews arrived.
All lanes between Exit 67 and 68 were closed for several hours for the accident reconstruction. The middle lane is now open.
The DOT and CSP were detouring traffic through Vernon into Tolland using RT31 to RT30 to RT74 to exit 69 or RT74 to RT195 to exit 68.
The cause of the accident is unknown at this time.