A Chaplin man was transported by Life Star helicopter to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford Tuesday afternoon (May 10) after a three car accident on Route 6 in Coventry left him with life-threatening injuries.
State police from Troop K of Colchester said Steven M. Fry, 47, of 58 North Bedlam Road, Chaplin, was driving a 2005 Nissan Altima when he collided with two other cars.
The accident happened at 3:34 p.m., police said.
David Hernandez, 44, of 180 Balboa Drive, Springfield, Mass., was traveling westbound on Route 6 in the area of South Street in Coventry when he traveled into the eastbound lane of the roadway, police said.
According to police, Hernandez struck Fry’s vehicle and a 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Melissa Smith, 41, of 58 Rowland Drive, East Hartford, both of whom were traveling eastbound on Route 6.
Initially, police said, Fry was in critical condition at St. Francis. Hospital officials did not have any information on Fry this morning.
Coventry Volunteer Fire Association Chief Joe Carilli said Fry was transported by an American Medical Services ambulance to Life Star, which landed at a location just off Route 6.
Hernandez was transported in a Coventry Volunteer Fire Association ambulance to Hartford Hospital and Smith was transported by CVFA to St. Francis.
Both had non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Carilli, however, said both Smith and Hernandez were on “advanced life support.”
All three patients had “numerous injuries,” he said this morning.
Hartford Hospital officials said this morning that Hernandez was discharged.
St. Francis officials this morning did not have information available on Smith.
Route 6 was closed after the accident.
According to Coventry police, troopers were called to the scene first because the accident was thought to have been in Bolton, a town under the jurisdiction of Troop K.
When police learned the accident was in Coventry, they called Coventry police.
Coventry police arrived on the scene, but Troop K officers were already there and secured the area.
The North Coventry Volunteer Fire Department and Bolton Fire Department assisted at the scene, with Bolton Chief James Preuss and NCVFD Deputy Chief Michael Heimer in charge at the scene.
Bolton and NCVFD brought their rescue trucks.
Carilli said there was “heavy damage” to all three vehicles.
Police said Hernandez was driving a 1997 Chevrolet, owned by Michelle Rosado of Springfield, Mass., that was towed to Happy Hauler in Bolton.
Smith’s vehicle, a 2001 Monte Carlo, was also towed to Happy Hauler. Fry’s vehicle, a 2005 Nissan Altima, was towed to Bolton Collision in Bolton.
The accident was still under investigation at press time.