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Snow-Related Accidents Keep Branford Busy During First Winter Storm

Branford Fire Department responded to four significant motor vehicle accidents last night during the nor’easter including a car into a fence and a rollover on Interstate 95.

Branford’s Deputy Fire Chief William Pepe said firefighters responded to at four motor vehicle accidents last night in direct relation to the town’s first snowfall of the season. One car made its way into a resident's fence, stopping before a home at the corner of Leetes Island Road and School Street, said Pepe and two one-car accidents occurred in Guilford on Interstate 95 – Branford provide assistance. A tractor-trailer jackknifed on Interstate 95 south just after exit 56. No one was injured during the accidents.

Although a car did careen into the Stony Creek home's fence, Pepe said the home did not sustain damage; one person was home at the time of the accident, he reported.

Around evening commute time last night, a car with one occupant rolled over at the top of ext 57 in Guilford, headed north, said Pepe. Branford’s Engine 1, car 6 and medic 2 provide back-up to Guilford. After that accident was cleared, Pepe said car 6 and medic 2 headed to exit 59 in Guilford – southbound – for a car down an embankment.

The nor’easter, which began with flurries and wind around 10 a.m. in Branford was only expected to drop about 1 to 2 inches of snow in the area with a mixture of rain. As of last night, several inches had fallen and the National Weather Service changed their predictions for Branford to get 6 to 12 inches of snow. 

The unexpected snowfall had many drivers proceeding with caution during commute time.

Were you surprised by the snow accumulation? How was your commute?

SolarPete November 08, 2012 at 12:15 PM
It's getting to look a lot like Christmas so white and snowy so nice to look at it so sad to have to dive in it. Be safe and slow down
Bill Keane November 08, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Be careful shoveling... It's HEAVY snow.
Alicia November 08, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Not everyone was afforded the luxury of being able to leave work early so it doesn't always come down to whether or not a person has common sense. It was forecasted to start later in the afternoon and be more rain for the shoreline so many schools were not dismissed early. My commute home was slow and very slipery took me 45 minutes to get home when it typically takes only 15. Luckily there were no horrible accidents where injuries were sustained.

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