FAIRFIELD — The corner of Utah and Maryland streets was busy Wednesday, congested with police, fire and ambulance crews who were dealing with two separate vehicle accidents – one of them a rollover – that happened within minutes of one another.
The first accident occurred at 3:50 p.m., according to Public Information Officer Kathryn McCormick. A red Mazda traveling westbound on Utah Street was struck by van headed northbound on Maryland Street that did not yield to the first vehicle, according to McCormick. The driver of the van was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The drivers from the first accident pulled over to exchange information when a second accident occurred at the same location two minutes later.
In the second crash, a van traveling northbound on Maryland Street also did not yield at the sign and clipped the front of an SUV going eastbound on Utah Street, according to police. The van rolled over onto the sidewalk at the corner of Utah and Maryland streets.
Charles Davis, the driver of the Mazda in the first accident, said he saw a van “flying” down Maryland Street when it went through the yield sign and struck the SUV.
Two people from the SUV and two from the van were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. A 7-month-old child from the van was taken to a hospital outside the county with minor injuries, as a precautionary measure.
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