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Two vehicles in Rte. 8 crash just feet from swollen river

September 27, 2018

Two vehicles came with a few feet of the rain-swollen Naugatuck River after traveling off Route 8 Wednesday morning.

State Police said the two-vehicle crash happened on southbound Route 8 in Beacon Falls.

“Both vehicles traveled off of the road and down an embankment,” state police tweeted. “No injuries reported.”

Photos show the vehicles about three feet from the river.

Several inches of rain on Tuesday quickly rose the river above its banks and increased the flow of water.

Southbound Route 8 makes its way along the river through the Naugatuck State Forest.

The road has a number of curves on a one-mile stretch of Route 8.

Over the years, there have been several accidents that resulted with vehicles falling in the river.

In the early 1980s, there was a major highway project that widened Route 8 and smoothed several of its sharp curves along the river.

The old southbound Route 8 was notorious for motor vehicle accidents, with many vehicles crashing in the river.

During the 1960s, the old road’s numerous sharp curves gave the notorous road its knickname the “Ho Chi Minh Trail,” a military supply route in Vietnam that ran through mountain ranges and jungles.

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