Storm downs trees, power lines

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Downed trees, power lines and outages were left throughout the region in the wake of Wednesday night’s severe thunderstorm.

The storm caused damage in Ridgefield, where the intersection of Branchville and Nod roads was shut down after a tree fell into the roadway, bringing active wires down with it around 8 p.m.

Ridgefield firefighters also reported spot fires in the area, according to dispatch reports.

The intersection was partially reopened with one lane of alternating traffic around 8:25 p.m. — minutes after first responders were called to North Salem Road for a report of a tree down and an injured person.

“A 911 call came stating that there was a tree down and a person was attempting to move the tree, and they may have possibly been hit by a vehicle,” a dispatcher told a responding firefighter at 8:22 p.m.

Emergency personnel found an injured 56-year-old man at the scene.

“A motorist had stopped and attempted to remove a fallen tree from the roadway. While doing so, a vehicle traveling southbound struck the tree injuring the individual removing the tree,” Capt. Shawn Platt said.

The man was transported to Danbury Hospital with minor injuries around 8:40 p.m.


Firefighters in Danbury were called to Spruce Street Wednesday evening for a report of a tree down on power lines.

Engine 22 arrived on scene and said the tree appeared to have knocked down a service line, along with the mast of a house.

Phoenix Hose Company’s Engine 8 and Utility 8 also responded, and traffic was blocked while first responders waited for Eversource to arrive.

Eversource removed downed wires and lifted low-hanging ones, according to dispatch reports, and the city’s tree department was called to cut the tree around 7:35 p.m.


In Redding, a tree branch caught fire above a transformer on Redding Road around 9 p.m., and Route 107 was shut down due to downed trees and live wires across the roadway.

There were Eversource customers in Danbury, New Fairfield, Newtown, Ridgefield, Redding without power Thursday morning.