UPDATE: Firefighter Helps Rescue His Brother in Branford Hill Accident

The driver was trapped for over an hour.


Fire and emergency crews from Branford and New Haven responded to a single-vehicle accident just before noon today when a truck slammed into a utility pole near 845 W. Main Street, near Branford Hill, tearing the pole in half.

The driver, 46-year-old Kevin Cudgma, is recovering at an area hospital. His brother John was among the firefighters involved in a marathon hour-plus rescue.

A fire department spokesperson told Branford patch Cudgma became tangled in the wreckage of the truck. He was conscious and able to communicate as crews struggled to free him, but fire officials describe the rescue, which took longer than an hour, as "a difficult extrication."

The accident and rescue snarled traffic on West Main for more than three hours. Police say mechanical failure may have been a cause for the crash.

Steve from SAAC July 16, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Although I do not know Kevin personally, I participated in the Branford Festival Classic Car Cruise this year, which I believe Kevin chaired. My thoughts are with him and I hope he recovers fully from his injuries.
Michele P July 18, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Get better soon Kevin!!!! Love you!!!!
Steve from SAAC September 06, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Anyone have any updates on how Kevin Cudgma is doing? Hopefully he is recovering. Again, although I do not know him, I appreciated the work he did setting up and running the Festiva Classic Car Cruise this year, and wish him and his famiily all the best.


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