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Eight Hospitalized After Route 1 Head-On Crash [Update]

Family says driver of Honda Pilot passed out before collision; passenger attempted to gain control of vehicle.

A head-on collision at the intersection of North Ave. (Route 1) and France Street Monday morning resulted in eight people being taken by ambulance to Norwalk Hospital.

The drivers of an SUV and a van had to be extricated from their vehicles, which sustained major damage.

The crash was reported at 11:41 a.m. Four ambulances and multiple fire companies responded to the scene.

According to family members who were passengers in the vehicle, the female operator of a 2011 Honda Pilot was westbound on Westport Avenue, and heading toward East Avenue down a steep hill, when she passed out.

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The front seat passenger said she grabbed the steering wheel and attempted to gain control of the vehicle. However, at the intersection of North Avenue and France Street, the Honda veered into the oncoming lane of traffic and crashed head-on into a Dodge Caravan.

The driver and front passenger of the Honda had to be cut out of the severely-damage SUV, as did the woman driving the Caravan. Firefighters used multiple Hurst "Jaws of Life" extrication tools to free the women.

Both driver's sustained serious injures, according to Dep. Fire Chief Gino Gatto.

The operator of the Honda was the last to be freed and placed on a stretcher. Gatto said it took at least 20 minutes to extricate her, which required cutting off the SUV's roof.

Gatto said there were six people in the Honda and two in the Caravan, all of whom were transported by four ambulances to Norwalk Hospital.

The commander of the police Identification Unit, Lt. Arthur Weisgerber, was called to the scene to recreate the accident. North Avenue between France Street and Knight Street was closed for several hours while the accident was investigated.

Police reopened the road at 2:38 p.m.

Tom October 08, 2012 at 05:44 PM
where both on the phone or just the guy in the honda? or was he texting?
Harold F. Cobin October 08, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Operator of the Honda passed out while coming down the steep hilll from Westport Ave. to East Ave. A passenger tried to gain control of the vehicle. Eventually the Honda veered left into the oncoming lane and crashed into the Dodge Caravan.
Brandon October 08, 2012 at 06:04 PM
No my cousin was not texting while driving...have some respect.
Donna Y October 08, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Agreed. It said in the article, the driver passed out.
SierraLynn October 08, 2012 at 10:38 PM
I saw that coming home from the Walgreens. Scary as all hell!! Almost passed out myself!! Sending my prayers and positive thoughts to all involved for a speedy recovery with no serious issues!!
Harold F. Cobin October 08, 2012 at 10:59 PM
We wish Brandon and everyone else involved in this terrible accident a swift and complete recovery. H.F.C.
Susan October 08, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Everyone had an angel watching over them that day. I am glad no one was killed. I am curious what happened to the driver that passed out. Prayers to all those involved for a quick recovery.
Nancy Butler October 09, 2012 at 09:20 PM
I saw the aftermath as I was heading out as well. To all the injured and their families I send my thoughts and prayers for strength and healing. You are all very blessed that no one has lost their life.
mimi October 10, 2012 at 03:17 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone we all have an Angel watching over us .

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