Car strikes utility pole on North Salem Road, driver extricated

UPDATE, 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 — Ridgefield police hope to have Rt. 116 open by RHS release time, but Barlow Mountain will be closed between North Street and Rt. 116 (North Salem Road).

Ridgefield first responders extricated a driver following a one-car crash on North Salem Road (Route 116) shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3.

According to reports, the extrication took 20 minutes and the driver was taken to Danbury Hospital on trauma alert.

The crash, which took down wires near the intersection of North Salem Road and Barlow Mountain Road, has closed the state highway. Fire police expect the shutdown of Route 116 to be lengthy, with the high school on schedule to be let out at 2:15 p.m.

Fire police are detouring cars through Tackora Trail, away from the scene of the crash, as of 1:30 p.m. Thursday.