FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Communities across Fairfield County were affected by a number of deadly crashes and accidents on roads, railways and airplanes in 2015.
A man from Danbury was among the six people who were killed in a deadly train crash in Valhalla, N.Y., in February . The accident occurred when a Metro-North train struck an SUV that had been stopped on the tracks. In the aftermath of the crash, U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Charles Schumer called for Metro-North to take more measures to increase safety .
Norwalk saw two fatal highway crashes in two days in October. An 85-year-old Darien woman was killed in a crash on Route 7 on Oct. 7 when a car she was traveling in was struck from behind, causing it to go over a guardrail and down an embankment. The next day, a bus driver was killed and 18 others were injured when the bus rear-ended a tractor-trailer on I-95. The two accidents led to a step up in enforcement on the highways by state police.
Ridgefield was rocked when three teenagers were killed in two separate accidents just days apart. Ryan Meegan, a Ridgefield High School graduate, was killed on Sept. 18 in a car crash near the University of Connecticut in Storrs, where he attended college. Two Ridgefield natives attending Colgate University, Cathryn (Carey) Depuy and Ryan Adams, a graduate of St. Luke's in New Canaan, were killed in a plane crash in Morrisville, N.Y., on Sept. 20 near their college campus.
Rebecca Draper Townsend, 17, of Brookfield was struck and killed by a car while saving the life of a friend after a fireworks show in Danbury in July. Her friend, a 17-year-old from New Fairfield, said that she had pushed him out of the way of the car as it was heading toward them. H er story made national headlines when it was discovered that her sacrifice had fulfilled the last item on a bucket list she had created — to save a life.
Several people were struck and killed by trains throughout Fairfield County this year. A 3 2-year-old man was hit by a Metro-North train near the Fairfield Metro Station in May. In August a Stamford woman was killed after she jumped on the tracks to retrieve her wallet . A 50-year-old Wilton priest was killed by a train in Westport in September. A Milford woman was struck by an Amtrak train in Southport in late October, and a Milford man who had been reported missing was killed by an Amtrak train in Stratford in November.
A Connecticut State Trooper’s dashboard camera captured footage of a Fairfield crash that seriously injured one person . The trooper had been on the scene of a two-car crash on I-95 when another car came barreling in and slammed into the two cars.
Finally, one accident was avoided when quick action by a Norwalk police officer prevented what could have been a deadly crash in March. Officer Neil Robertson spotted an SUV stopped in traffic with its rear wheels still on the train tracks as a train quickly approached. He jumped out of his car and began directing traffic in order to make room just in the nick of time.
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