Police: Waterbury man, 20, killed in Ridgefield head-on collision

A file photo of Ridgefield, Conn, police headquarters.

A file photo of Ridgefield, Conn, police headquarters.

Ridgefield Police / Contributed Photo

RIDGEFIELD — A 20-year-old Waterbury man was killed in a head-on collision on Route 7 early Thursday that left both drivers trapped in their vehicles.

Police identified the driver who was killed as Jose Miguel Guillen-Hernandez.

The crash occurred shortly after 4 a.m., according to Ridgefield Police Capt. Shawn Platt.

“The two vehicles collided head-on and both operators needed to be extricated from their vehicles,” Platt said.

The driver of the other car, a 44-year-old Ridgefield woman, was transported to Danbury Hospital “for evaluation of their injuries,” he said.

The accident shut down a stretch of Route 7 for hours Thursday morning.

First responders were dispatched shortly after 4 a.m. to Route 7 and Stonehenge Road for a reported motor vehicle accident with extrication needed, according to initial dispatch reports.

A state DOT alert around 4:30 a.m. indicated it was a two-vehicle crash.

Initial dispatch reports indicated fire crews extricated at least one person, calling the process “extensive.”

In a brief statement on social media around 8 a.m., police said Route 7 was closed between Stonehenge and Haviland roads because of a two-vehicle crash. Police said traffic was being re-routed from Haviland Road to Route 35.

At 9:45 a.m., police said Route 7 had reopened.

Platt said the investigation into the fatal collision is ongoing.

Accident witnesses or anyone with information should call Capt. Shawn Platt or Lt. Brian Durling at 203-438-6531.

Staff writers Peter Yankowski and Kendra Baker contributed to this story.