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State trooper, firefighter hit by vehicle on Route 9 in Cromwell: Officials

Both the state trooper and the firefighter were transported to a nearby hospital.

CROMWELL, Conn. — Connecticut State Police released video if a crash that injured a state trooper and a firefighter while responding to a rollover on Route 9 south in Cromwell Wednesday morning.

Cromwell firefighter Jon Bicking was seriously injured in the crash. State Trooper William Atkins received minor injuries.

Onyekachi Chidiadi, 43, of Manchester was charged with numerous motor vehicle violations and released with a $1,000 bond. 

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Connecticut State Police Sergeant Christine Jeltema said a contributing factor to the accident could be related to the weather. 

"Both of the accidents are still under investigation. A contributing factor could be the slippery roads and icy conditions that were occurring this morning throughout the whole entire state," Jeltema said. 

Warning: Video may be disturbing

Police are encouraging people to remain mindful of their surroundings when out on roadways and everything that is going on the road and be aware of distracted driving. 

"If there are icy conditions, slippery conditions, always slow down. Make distance between you and other vehicles, but with the Move Over Law, regardless of the conditions of the roadway, if anyone sees any type of emergency vehicles, whether it's a fire truck, an ambulance, a tow truck, or even just a disabled motor vehicle, move over to the farthest lane where those vehicles are," Jeltema said. "If they don't have the ability to move over, slow down. We want to make sure there is some safe space for first responders to do their job and to make sure that anyone who might be disabled or in an accident are safe as well until help gets there for them."

Elsewhere, another state trooper was hit on Route 15 in Hamden before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.


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