DUI crash in CT leads to multiple crashes, including one involving an ambulance – JEMS: EMS, Emergency Medical Services

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Ahjane Forbes

Hartford Current


An ambulance was involved in a multi-vehicle accident while responding to a DUI accident on Interstate 91 in Middletown on Friday, according to Connecticut State Police.

Police say a Hamden woman, who was under the influence, was traveling northbound on I-91 near exit 20 at around 12:42 p.m. when she drove her Ford Escape by the left shoulder and collided with the metal guardrail, then left the right. shoulder and collided with another guardrail.

A Good Samaritan helped the woman, Linda Pernal, 57, out of her vehicle. As he sat on the rail, police said Pernal fell from the embankment and suffered minor injuries. Pernal was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital for treatment.

An ambulance responding to the Pernal crash was also involved in a multi-vehicle accident, police said.

Flashing its emergency lights and siren, the ambulance slowed to the scene of the emergency. A Nissan Altima hit the back of a Toyota Sienna which hit the back of a Honda CRV. The Honda then struck the rear driver’s side of the ambulance, police said.

According to the police, the three occupants of the ambulance were taken to hospital for their injuries. No other injuries were reported. According to police, the driver of the Nissan was found responsible for the collision and was given a violation for traveling too close, which caused the accident.

The Toyota continued north and was involved in a separate accident after it ran over a Kia Optima near exit 21 on I-91. The driver and passenger of the Kia were taken to Middlesex Hospital. The driver of the Toyota was found guilty and given a written warning for following too closely.

During the investigation, police said Pernal was under the influence of drugs. Police said suspicious drugs were inside the Ford. Pernal was taken into custody and charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended license, breaching the lane, driving under the influence and unlawful possession.

Pernal was released on $5,000 bond and is due in Middletown Superior Court on September 6.

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