Car fire closes part of Hurlbutt Street

Update, Wednesday 8:50 a.m.: Hurlbutt Street was re-opened late last evening.

Tuesday, Oct. 9: A car fire with serious injuries occurred earlier this evening on Hurlbutt Street by Cannon Road. As of 6:48 p.m., traffic was being diverted down Skunk Lane coming from the south, according to Wilton police. A later police notification said Hurlbutt would be closed for several hours between Cannon Road and Crosswicks Ridge. As of 9:30, the road was still closed.

According to Lt. Tom Cassin of the Wilton Fire Department, the accident involved one car which went off the road and struck a tree in the woods lining the road, perhaps several trees. When the fire department arrived, he said the car "was heavily involved in fire." Police officers were already on the scene attempting to contain the fire with fire extinguishers. Firefighters also used fire extinguishers.

Firefighters and police officers were then able to drag the driver away from the car. There were no passengers in the car, Lt. Cassin said. The driver was taken away in an ambulance with injuries believed to be serious.

There was no damage to any residential property.

Wilton Fire Truck 5 was already on the road when the call came in and was the first to arrive on the scene, Lt. Cassin said. Truck 5 is the ladder and rescue truck. It was followed by Engine 3 from fire headquarters and then Engine 2 from the Marhoffer station.

The fire was extinguished with the hose line from Engine 3, Lt. Cassin said. "It was a significantly hot fire that consumed most of the car."

While it is "not the norm" for a car to catch fire after an accident, Lt. Cassin said it was not unusual either, given the amount of damage sustained by the vehicle.

As of 9:30 p.m., he said the police accident reconstruction team was still on the scene.