WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A falling tree sparked a three-car crash on the Merritt Parkway, the third time in recent weeks that a tree has fallen into traffic on that highly traveled roadway.

The latest incident occurred late Sunday in Westport, triggering a three-car collision. The vehicles’ occupants were checked by emergency workers at the scene, but none required hospitalization.

The historic parkway is bordered by trees, and the state Department of Transportation’s work to trim them has prompted disagreements over the years whether too much or too little cutting is being done.

A 74-year-old Westport, Mass., man died last month when a tree fell on his car in during a thunderstorm as he drove on the parkway in Stamford. Last week, one person was injured when a tree hit two vehicles in Fairfield.
Information from: The Advocate, http://www.stamfordadvocate.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  1. Paul Bunyon says:

    Send prison inmates out to due tree work on State roads. Give the logs to those who have fireplaces and need assistance with heating costs and sell the rest to generate funds to subsidize those who don’t have a fireplace. Oh, wait; that first thing was eliminated by politicians many years ago. That aside, the DOT needs to review their road maintenance policies for adequacy in light of these Merritt Parkway accidents involving fallen trees. Soil liquefaction studies might be wise.

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