Police: One driver seriously hurt in North Canaan head-on collision

The drivers in each vehicle had to be extricated from their vehicles by firefighters after a head-on collision in North Canaan, Conn., on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, according to police.

NORTH CANAAN — One driver suffered serious injuries in a head-on crash on Route 44 Wednesday morning that required firefighters to extricate both drivers, according to Connecticut State Police.

Authorities said troopers responded around 9:30 a.m. on East Canaan Road — Route 44 — at Canaan Valley Road and found two vehicles had collided and extrication was needed.

Police said a 57-year-old Danvers, Mass., man was headed east on Route 44 as a 21-year-old Holyoke, Mass., man was driving west and crossed over the double-yellow lines in the middle of the road, hitting the Danvers man’s vehicle head-on.

After the collision, the Holyoke man crossed over the eastbound travel lane, left the road and hit a wooden telephone pole next to the road, police said. The impact split the pole, knocking it to the ground.

The Danvers man was extricated from his vehicle by North Canaan firefighters and was taken to Waterbury Hospital with serious injuries, police said.

The Holyoke man was was extricated from his vehicle, a FedEx truck, by Norfolk firefighters and was taken to Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, Mass., with minor injuries, police said.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Police units kept the road shut down while repairs were made to the pole.

Connecticut Media Group