Car crashes into New London apartment building

Firefighters assist the driver out of her car, which struck an apartment building at 177 Jefferson Ave. in New London on Thursday, March 1, 2018. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital. (Tim Martin/The Day)
Firefighters assist the driver out of her car, which struck an apartment building at 177 Jefferson Ave. in New London on Thursday, March 1, 2018. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital. (Tim Martin/The Day)

New London — A woman was taken to the hospital Thursday after her car crashed into the apartment building at 177 Jefferson Ave. but her injuries are believed to be minor, according to fire Battalion Chief Tom Curcio.

The crash happened about 3:40 p.m., Curcio said. He was not certain of the cause of the crash.

The car rammed through a handmade guardrail system of pressure-treated four-by-fours and 1-inch spikes that building owner Paul Dube had installed at the street edge of the sidewalk.

"If not for this wood, she's inside the hallway," Nestor Encarnacion commented, sticking his head out the window of his second-floor apartment. Encarnacion said he was in the bathroom when he felt the building shake.

A first-floor resident was inside and said "it sounded like a bomb went off."

Dube said his homemade guardrail system has to be rebuilt about once a year. He said accidents usually happen when there is snow on the ground and drivers coming down the hill at the eastern end of Walden Avenue can't make the stop at the intersection.

He said he would like to see the city put in a rail system with something like galvanized steel.

e.moser@theday.com

Nestor Encarnacion peers out the window of his apartment at New London police and firefighters investigating a car that struck the building where he lives at 177 Jefferson Avenue in New London on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The driver was assisted out of the vehicle and taken by ambulance to the hospital. (Tim Martin/The Day)
Nestor Encarnacion peers out the window of his apartment at New London police and firefighters investigating a car that struck the building where he lives at 177 Jefferson Avenue in New London on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The driver was assisted out of the vehicle and taken by ambulance to the hospital. (Tim Martin/The Day)

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